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Battery Disposal

Discussion in 'Batteries and Chargers' started by Zaryk, Jan 9, 2020.

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  1. Zaryk

    Zaryk Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2018
    Ohio
    Out of curiosity, what would be the best way to dispose of old vape batteries when you don't have access to a battery recycling bins? I don't have any recycling centers or retail locations that accept them (my local Lowe's said no loose batteries allowed, and my local recycling center that deals with batteries kind of umm... does not exist). Normally I would have a method of disposal, but not able to use it currently. Any ideas?
     
  2. LoveVanilla

    LoveVanilla Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2013
    Texas
    Call your whoever does your trash pickup for instructions. My local city uses a third party for scheduled porch pickup. They mail packing material with labels and then pickup on the day scheduled. I keep old batteries in a box and call for pickup when I have a bunch. An easy process and we really don’t want li-ion batteries in the landfill.
     
  3. Zaryk

    Zaryk Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2018
    Ohio
    The local trash company told me to wrap them in black tape and toss em in the trash. The only battery recycling I have available is for car batteries and battery packs. Guess I'll just do what I always did and stash them for now and use them for long range target practice later.
     
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  4. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hundertwasser
    Taping out both + and - contacts is a great idea regardless of where they end up.
     
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  5. Zaryk

    Zaryk Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2018
    Ohio
    Very true. I learned this lesson long before vaping.
     
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  6. 440BB

    440BB Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 19, 2011
    The Motor City
    Staples and Best Buy also take batteries if you have one nearby.
     
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  7. Zaryk

    Zaryk Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2018
    Ohio
    I do not, sadly. Thanks for the tip though.
     
  8. somdcomputerguy

    somdcomputerguy vaper dedicato Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I read an article or post or saw a video a while back about batteries exploding and garbage trucks. It had to do with the compacter thing on the trucks. I don't know how true it is, but it makes sense to me.
     
  9. Punk In Drublic

    Punk In Drublic Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 28, 2018
    Toronto, ON
    Definitely a risk. Crushing or piercing a Li ion battery can certainly cause it to enter a thermal runaway.

    Do not know what caused this fire, was curious how garbage trucks deal with them.

     
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  10. smacuser

    smacuser Vapid Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2012
    Vape Augustine, FL
    That kinda looks like the Tollarance thread o_O.
     
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  11. LoveVanilla

    LoveVanilla Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2013
    Texas
    Hmmm, surprising. Perhaps they didn't comprehend these were Lithium Ion batteries? Lithium-ion Batteries are Causing Five-alarm Fires in Garbage Trucks, Waste and Recycling Facilities. Both safety and environmental issue. I would call again and stress they are Lithium Ion. And ask for a supervisor if necessary.

    Edit: Just dug a bit on Lowe's battery recycling. If you tape the batteries together in a single row and cover both poles of the batteries with electrical tape, they are no longer "loose batteries".
     
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  12. somdcomputerguy

    somdcomputerguy vaper dedicato Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Ya. If there's any metal or anything metallic in there also the risk elevates.
     
  13. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hundertwasser
    Zaryk lives in an extremely isolated location, from where he rules the Galaxy (quite rightly). He is uniquely suited this role due to his solipsistic philosophical process. He rejects ontology entirely - and wherever possible refuses to even assert or question whether things exist independently or form any phenomenological principles.
     
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  14. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    I tape mine up with electrical tape about 1.5 times around and then toss them in Lowes' battery bin.

    I doesn't matter to me if their policy is "no loose batteries". No one's ever watching to see who puts what in the bin.

    In the bin it goes.
     
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  15. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Pa,LandOfTaxes
    Question. Is it really necessary to tape Both poles? I know everybody does it but is it a fact? Jack?
     
  16. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY IT IS!

    The reason why lowes and other places only want power packs, not loose batteries is because the contacts of the batteries are not exposed on a power pack. The contacts on the battery packs are exposed, but there is a circuit in the power pack to prevent shorts from blowing the batteries up.

    This is the whole reason behind the policy.
     
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  17. Northstar6

    Northstar6 Senior Member

    May 16, 2019
    According to my recycling center the toilet is not a viable option.

    I'd call your city and see what they suggest.
     
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