Improper battery recycling a problem for Waste District

May 11, 2022 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District was notified by its recycling drop-off contractor, Republic Services, that two truck fires have occurred recently as a result of lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries placed in the recycling containers.

Lithium ion batteries, and other rechargeable batteries, are hazardous and highly flammable under pressure and, in addition to causing equipment damage, are a serious health and safety threat to the drivers. These batteries can be recycled at retailers such as your local Lowe’s department store but absolutely cannot be placed in the Aim to be Green containers.

Rechargeable batteries come in many different types; Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) and button batteries. Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries can typically be found in cordless power tools, digital cameras, two-way radios and cordless phones. Button batteries are commonly used in watches, calculators, key-less entry systems, hearing aids.

Lithium and Lithium ion (Li-ion) can typically be found in cell phones, laptops, two-way radios and cordless power tools. There are many stores that will take rechargeable batteries for recycling purposes, just be sure to transport them properly.

Proper handling Includes:

  • Tape terminals (the ends of the battery).
  • Use electrical, clear packing or duct tape.
  • Button Batteries: tape battery to a small piece of paper before recycling.

Contrarily, single-use alkaline batteries, which are commonly used in remote controls, flashlights, clocks, watches, and smoke detectors and have the word “Alkaline” labeled on the side of the battery are not hazardous. They can be disposed of in the regular trash. If you prefer not to throw your alkaline batteries in the regular trash, a list of companies taking single use batteries is available at RecycleOSS.org.

The District’s Director, Gary Baty, wants to remind residents using the Aim To Be Green township recycling bins to know the proper recycling procedures.

“I urge residents to continue recycling correctly in order to keep these amazing recycling opportunities available in our communities,” he said. Information on the bins is detailed and accurate of accepted materials through the program. If you have any recycling questions, contact the district offices at 419-334-7222, or email ossonline@recycleoss.org.

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