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Better Battery Management for Better Living

Author: Marketing
Date: February 3, 2024

battery recycle bin

Batteries are such integral parts of our everyday lives, we often take their proper disposal for granted. However, they require more careful handling than many other household items. If disposed of incorrectly, batteries pose both safety and regulatory risks.

Lithium batteries are the most dangerous, due to the possibility of fires and explosions. They have brought down airplanes as well as destroyed many businesses. To ensure our own proper handling of these volatile batteries, ACTenviro has implemented a Lithium Battery Management Program that goes beyond existing governmental regulatory standards.

As part of this program, ACT requires that generators package all lithium batteries (including button cell-type batteries) in Ziploc bags or tape with clear tape. This allows for proper identification of battery type. Our technicians thoroughly inspect any drums containing lithium batteries to assess their condition. If any batteries are damaged or defective, our DOT SP-16532 permit calls for very specific measures as to how to package and identify them for shipment. Accordingly, price is also higher for recycling these batteries.

Dry cell batteries, such as alkaline, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride, do not have to be taped unless they are over 9 volts. Those above 9 volts can be taped with duct tape, as long as the battery type marking is still visible. Each battery type should be packaged separately due to the differences in the required recycling procedures.

All lead acid and wet nickel cadmium batteries must have terminals taped to prevent short-circuiting.

Automotive batteries are not Universal Waste. However, they can be shipped on a BOL using the proper DOT shipping name. If they are shipped on a pallet, they must have cardboard under and over each layer and be shrink wrapped to the pallet (this also applies to sealed lead acid batteries).

At ACTenviro, we take every necessary precaution to ensure the safe transportation and disposal of all our customers’ waste. Please contact your local ACT branch for assistance with any of your environmental needs.

– Julius Hannegan, Project Manager and resident battery expert

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California
San Jose (Corporate Offices and Working
Facility)
967 Mabury Road
San Jose, CA 95133
Phone: (408) 548-5050
24.7 ER: (866) 348-2800
Fax: (408) 548-5052
Dixon
6940 Tremont Road
Dixon, CA 95620
Phone: (800) 559-3274
Los angeles
12235 Los Nietos Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (714) 545-2191
SUNNYVALE
1210 Elko Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Phone: (408) 548-5050
Fax: (408) 548-5052
san diego
2010 W Mission Road
Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: (858) 925-2500
sacramento
4 Wayne Court, Building 9
Sacramento, CA 95829
Phone: (916) 299-4228
inland empire
600 Iowa Street
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: (909) 406-4400
merced
265 Riggs Avenue
Merced, CA 95341
Phone: (209) 722-4228
Fax: (209) 722-8228
Oregon
portland
13600 SE Ambler Road
Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone: (971) 279-6780
New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE
208 Murray Road SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: (505) 445-9400
Fax: (505) 445-9401
ACTreatment (TSDF)
6137 Edith Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 349-5220
Fax: (505) 344-7986
El Paso
511 Highway 213
Chaparral, NM 88081
Phone: (575) 824-0164
ARIZONA
Phoenix
6212 S 75th Avenue #4
Laveen Village, AZ 85339
Phone: (602) 842-9160
Tucson
5568 N Camino De La Tierra
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 471-4672
Texas
dallas
4730 Bronze Way
Dallas, Texas 75236
Phone: (469) 518-6400
Fax: (469) 518-6402
HOUSTON
1700 North E Street
La Porte, TX 77571
Phone: (713) 568-2500
Fax: (713) 568-2501
Colorado
denver
4295 Kearney Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: (720) 386-2900
Pennsylvania
Fort Washington
500 Office Center Drive
Suite 400
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (626) 224-1666
Washington
spokane
1809 E. Houston Ave
Spokane, WA 99217
Phone: (509) 503-1300
Fax: (509) 503-1301
seattle
2923 S J Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (253) 357-5200
Fax: (253) 357-5201
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