Why NLR recycles batteries.
NLR offers battery recycling to keep up with the increases in battery consumption. Batteries power an ever-growing list of machinery and cordless electronics, including cell phones and smartphones, digital cameras, laptops, tablets, mobile gaming devices and cordless power tools. Batteries are so prolific you may not even realize how many are around you with backup batteries existing in hard-wired electronics as well. Most batteries contain hazardous chemical and are regulated as universal waste. These chemicals can easily contaminate the environment if discarded with ordinary trash. Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium ion, Alkaline, and Lead-Acid batteries are a few that contain hazardous chemicals. NLR can help businesses properly recycle many different chemistries of batteries and battery back-ups.
Accepted Battery Chemistries
NLR recycles lithium ion batteries like button batteries, laptop and cellphone batteries, and other rechargeable lithium battery packs.
Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)
NLR recycles different styles of NiCad batteries like NiCad rechargeable batteries from power tools.
NLR recycles all styles of alkaline batteries, including AA, AAA, 9 volt, D and C batteries.
Lead Acid Batteries
NLR recycles lead acid batteries including car batteries and many types of battery back-ups.
NLR recycles other batteries including Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH), Mercury, Silver Oxide, Zinc Air, and more.
Batteries can be one of the most dangerous universal wastes to handle. For more info on proper handling procedures please see these additional resources.
White-glove Truckload Pickup
Have a recurring stream of universal waste? Enjoy the convenience of an email or call-in to schedule a pick-up, or set up recurring weekly or monthly pick-ups. Recurring pick-ups can be automatically scheduled, no phone call required. Let, NLR’s fully licensed and permitted fleet of vehicles and drivers safely transport your universal waste. Recycling universal waste doesn’t have to be a burden. We do pick-up right.
Special Considerations For Batteries.
To prevent short circuits and fires it is critical that you tape battery terminals before recycling them. Most batteries are not fully discharged before they are discarded. This means a charge could travel between terminals and spark a fire that endangers workers, property, and the general public. There are some easy steps handlers can take to prevent possible catastrophic fires, such as covering your batteries’ terminals with non-conductive tape before recycling.
- Lithium Ion should be stored safely without the possibility of puncture. Puncturing a lithium battery this can result in the battery sparking and exploding
- Button batteries should be placed on a piece of tape to safely collect them where they are out the reach of children, because they can cause great harm if crushed or accidentally swallowed.
- Wet batteries should be placed right side up in an approved plastic container. Upside down batteries increase the risk for leaks, which can result in corrosive chemicals causing chemical burns to your waste handlers or ours. Please be considerate.
- Never place batteries in a metal container, as this can result in electrical injuries to your employees, transporters, or our warehouse staff.
For more information download our Batteries Non-Conductive Procedures Guide.