Do I have to bag or tape my battery terminals before I ship them?

Call2Recycle encourages you to bag and tape all batteries because it is often difficult to identify specific chemistries. The U.S. DOT requires certain battery terminals be bagged or taped prior to transportation. This avoids possible sparking when the terminals come into contact.

  • Primary (Alkaline, carbon zinc): greater than 12V
  • Primary (Lithium, button, coin cell): all
  • Rechargeable (Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Zinc): greater than 9V
  • Rechargeable: (Lithium-Ion or SSLA/PB): all

If you run out of Call2Recycle bags, you can use clear plastic bags, ...

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What types of batteries can I recycle?

We currently collect and recycle rechargeable and single-use batteries weighing less than 11 lbs. (5 kg) and cellphones. We do not accept wet-cell or car batteries.  If you have larger batteries to recycle, contact Customer Service at 1.877.723.1297 to make special arrangements.

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