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FREE Call2Recycle Battery Collection Boxes for Businesses

Date: September 13, 2021

Attention Businesses and Organizations:

Do you have batteries as part of your Universal Waste? We have an opportunity for you! We have FREE Call2Recycle Battery Collection Boxes available to New Hampshire businesses. These boxes are designed to collect rechargeable and single-use batteries such as those commonly found in remote controls, car keyless entry remotes, watches, pacemakers, hearing aids, memory backup fire alarm devices, toys, and others, and include AA, AAA, 9V, C, D cell batteries and more. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information.  Refer to the Battery Collection Fact Sheet below. 

Typically these battery recycle boxes cost $65 each, but for a limited time you can get a Call2Recycle Battery Collection box for FREE! (it includes prepaid shipping too!)

The only thing you have to do is contact us and watch a 20-minute video on how to safely manage the battery collection boxes. If you are interested please email nhppp@des.nh.gov or call Cynthia Nelson at (603) 271-6460

**Please note that preference will be given to businesses located in rural northern New Hampshire. Funding for the Call2Recycle boxes was provided by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture solid waste management grant program. More information about NEWMOA is available at www.newmoa.org.

Battery Collection Fact Sheet

Call2Recycle was established in 1994 by five battery manufacturing companies to provide battery collection and recycling services for rechargeable batteries. The program is national and is now funded by over 300 battery and battery-powered product manufacturers. 

What Types of Batteries Are Collected? 

Call2Recycle was designed to manage and recycle rechargeable batteries such as those commonly found in cordless power tools, cordless phone, laptops, cellphones, cameras, two-way radios, biomedical equipment and more. 

Some locations also choose to include single-use batteries, such as those commonly found in remote controls, car keyless entry remotes, watches, pacemakers, hearing aids, memory backup fire alarm devices, toys, and others, and include AA, AAA, 9V, C, and D cell batteries. The volume of single-use batteries collected can be substantial, filling boxes more quickly than if only rechargeable batteries are collected. 

What Types of Batteries Not Accepted?
Batteries weighing more than 11 pounds; wet cell batteries (composed of a liquid), such as car or boat batteries; lithium-ion rechargeable batteries over 300-watt hours; lithium primary batteries with over 25 grams of lithium content, and/or any batteries that do not fit in a Call2Recycle collection box.

More information: including the Battery Recycling Guide, and recycling of collected batteries, including the The Secret Life of Batteries.

What Do the Collection Boxes Look Like?

Call2Recycle display boxes are used for both collecting and shipping batteries. Whole cell phones can also be collected in Call2Recycle boxes. The box when closed for shipping measures 12.75 inches square and 8.75 inches high. The counter-top display kit includes all packing materials to safely collect and ship batteries and cellphones for recycling. Features include:
•    Patented flame retardant box liner.
•    Holds 40-50 lbs. of mixed batteries and cell phones.
•    U.S. DOT Special Permit 14849 to comply with transport regulations.
•    Pre-paid shipping and recycling.

What Are the Responsibilities?

Facilities that collect batteries for recycling do have some responsibilities. Foremost is the need to sort through the collected batteries prior to shipment and ensure terminal protection for certain categories of batteries  such as lithium-ion batteries. In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have caused fires because their terminals have made contact with metal or another battery. Therefore, it is essential that terminals are protected prior to shipment. Terminal protection means the battery is placed in its own plastic bag and/or the terminals are covered with a non-conductive tape (clear packing tape, electrical tape, or duct tape only). Other types of tape such as masking, painters, or regular “Scotch”™ tape are not appropriate and cannot be used. The Call2Recycle box kits come with some plastic bags and some facilities ask users to put each battery in a bag before placing it in the box. 

All locations that want to collect batteries must delegate at least one person to be responsible for the Call2Recycle box, sorting the batteries and properly protecting the terminals on lithium-ion and the other specified batteries, and preparing the box for shipment. That person must complete a short (minutes) online training and take a quick quiz. Facilities that wish to receive Call2Recycle boxes must first coordinate through NHDES with Call2Recycle regarding the safety requirements.

More information on collection, sorting and terminal protection, and shipping, including the Box Shipping Guidelines and Minimal Terminal Protection Quick Reference Guide for Boxes, can be found in the “Box Shipping” area of the website.

What Does it Cost?

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has a limited number of Call2Recycle boxes to provide for FREE to organizations and businesses in rural northern New Hampshire. However, once a participating location runs out of their set of free boxes, the facility would need to purchase additional boxes in order to continue the collection program. Each box costs $65.00 (or 2 for $115) and includes shipment to a recycling facility using a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping label. More information. To obtain free Call2Recycle battery collection boxes and coordinate with Call2Recycle on safety training, please contact Cynthia Nelson at NHDES at nhppp@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-6460..