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Batteries contain metals, liquids, and other materials that are flammable, toxic and hazardous to the environment if they are not handled and disposed of properly. Those materials can include lead, zinc, nickel-cadmium, sulfuric acid, mercury, plastic, lithium, and others. When you use an R2 Certified recycler like Modern Waste, you are ensuring that the dangerous materials contained in the batteries are not making their way into the land fill where they can seep into local waterways.
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Battery Recycling Process
Each type of battery has different processes for material recovery and recycling. Batteries like lithium ion tool batteries may be handled different than lithium ion cell phone batteries even though they are the same chemistry. Tool batteries are made up of a group of smaller cells or smaller batteries put together. Those cells can be removed from the battery and tested individually. Cells that test to high enough standards can be reused and defective or substandard cells are sent for material recovery to make new products.
We can recycle virtually all types of batteries. In most cases, it is either best practice or required to separate batteries by chemistry type. Most of the time, the chemistry is identified on the side or top of each battery. Often times, there is an abbreviation used to designate the battery chemistry.