All batteries pose potential hazards during storage and transportation. It is imperative that all batteries comply with USDOT packaging requirements. There have been numerous incidents where a fire has occurred resulting from improper packaging of small batteries. Please follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the batteries are properly stored, packaged, transported and recycled.
WARNING: All batteries must be effectively insulated to prevent bare terminals from coming into contact with other material that can create evolution of heat and fire through discharge. Taping the terminals or individually bagging each battery is required by DOT. Both civil penalties/and or criminal charges are possible to anyone who transports these items in violation of the new hazardous materials regulations.
- Each container must be marked with an accumulation date. Containers must be shipped within one year from accumulation date. Each container must be marked: “UNIVERSAL WASTE BATTERIES" or “UNIVERSAL BATTERIES FOR RECYCLING.”
- Small and medium sized lithium or lithium ion batteries containers must be marked, in contrasting letters, as follows: “LITHIUM BATTERIES-FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORT ABOARD AIRCRAFT AND VESSEL.”
- Batteries must be sorted. Additional charges apply for unsorted batteries.
- Large, spillable, acid /alkali wet cell and lithium batteries must be shipped in accordance with 49 CFR Parts 101 and 172 Subpart C). They must be packaged in USDOT PG II or PG III containers or palletized. Each package must be described as HAZMAT on shipping papers and labeled as follows:
||“Lithium battery, 9,UN3090,PG II”
||Label: DOT Class 9
||“Batteries, wet, filled with acid, electric storage, 8, UN2794, PG III”
||Label: DOT Class 8
||“Batteries, wet, filled with alkali, electric storage, 8,UN2795, PG III”
||Label: DOT Class 8
Additional: shipping papers must include a 24-hour manned emergency phone number. A product MSDS or Emergency Response Guide #154 for acid/alkali batteries and Guide #138 for lithium batteries must be attached to the shipping papers.
- All batteries should be stored in a cool and dry environment, away from flammable materials and heat sources.
- 3.5 gallon USDOT approved pail with secured lid, maximum weight 50 lbs: dry cell batteries only: AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, lantern, alkaline, nickel, nickel metal hydride, cadmium, iron, zinc, carbon, silver and magnesium.
- 30 gallon USDOT PG III approved drum with lid
- USDOT PG III approved boxes
- Pallets (larger sized batteries): maximum two layers. Batteries must be securely shrink-wrapped to pallet. Terminals must be isolated and cannot be used a weight supports of the second layer.
NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse shipments with batteries that have not been properly packaged, or will invoice customers on a hourly fee schedule to properly package them.