SEAM recycles many different types of batteries for businesses in the Sioux Falls and surrounding region like alkaline, lead, lead-acid, lithium-ion, mercury, NiCd, NiMh, and more.
Many states, including South Dakota and North Dakota, prohibit lead acid batteries from being landfilled. On the Federal level, nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) and lead (Pb) batteries are required to be recycled. However, batteries cannot simply be tossed in a recycling bin.
Batteries, particularly rechargeable batteries, are extremely dangerous and require safe handling and storage.
Batteries should be stored in a cool and dry, well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight, flammable materials, and moisture or humidity. To prevent fires, tape battery terminals and place lithium-ion batteries in separate plastic bags or non-conductive storage container such as a plastic pail or cardboard box. Do not store batteries in conductive materials like metal.
How to Prepare Your Loose Batteries for Recycling
The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) requires all loose batteries to be packaged properly to prevent explosions and fires in transit or at SEAM’s facility. Exposed terminals must be protected with non-conductive caps or tape, or by other appropriate means. When in doubt, tape the terminals.
Follow these guides to properly protect batteries based on their type: