Battery recycling

For our battery recycling service see the Battery recycling page.

Batteries are a common item in the high tech world in which we live. Batteries themselves can be the older, low tech dry cells or alkaline cells to the more modern lithium based ones which include protection circuits and a computer chip that monitors the usage.

Note that the terms “battery” and “cell” are often used interchangeably but technically a battery consists of a number of cells.

All batteries are able to be recycled.  The recovered material may be as high as 97% of the original weight and the value of the recovered material varies from less than $100 per tonne to over $20,000 per tonne.

There are a number of environmental and human health and safety issues with batteries. They contain material that is ecotoxic, they can be swallowed by children (mainly the button cells), and they can cause fires or burns.

Batteries are sometimes subject to recalls because of possible safety issues, especially the lithium based batteries.

UN codes for common batteries

NumberClassShipping nameUsual common name
UN 27948Batteries, wet, filled with acid, electric storageLead-acid
UN 27958Batteries, wet, filled with alkali, electric storageNiCd
UN 28008Batteries, wet, non-spillable, electric storageLead-acid
UN 30288Batteries, dry, containing potassium hydroxide solid, electric, storageAlkaline
UN 30909Lithium metal batteriesLithium metal
UN 30919Lithium metal batteries contained in equipment or Lithium metal batteries packed with equipmentLithium metal
UN 34809Lithium ion batteries (including lithium ion polymer batteries)Li-ion
UN 34819Lithium ion batteries contained in equipment or Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment (including lithium ion polymer batteries)Li-ion
UN 34969Batteries, nickel-metal hydrideNiMH

  • Class 8 are Corrosive substances
  • Class 9 are Miscellaneous

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Last updated: March 6, 2021 at 15:47 pm