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Rechargeable Battery Handling Procedures


The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has specific guidelines regarding the collection, handling, and transport of batteries. These requirements exist to prevent situations that can arise from two specific types of battery hazards:

  1. chemicals or other materials contained in the battery
  2. electrical potential of the battery

The Call2Recycle® program has a safety video summarizing the basic steps that need to be followed.

A summary of the rules follows:

  • Each battery must be placed it its own sealable plastic bag to insulate batteries during transport
  • Each cell phone containing a battery must be placed it its own sealable plastic bag to insulate during transport 
  • Batteries must be placed into DOT approved collection boxes, provided by Call2Recycle®
  • If bags are unavailable, place electrical, duct, or masking tape over both battery terminals
  • Do not overfill boxes

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