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We are as dedicated to safety as we are to quality service and innovative recycling technology. The US. Department of Transportation (DOT) has established a number of regulations that must be followed to legally ship batteries for recycling.

These regulations have been established for your safety as well as the safety our staff and those responsible for transporting the batteries. For that reason, we have provided an overview of the DOT's shipping regulations below:

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1. PROHIBITED BATTERIES

The following batteries are prohibited from being shipped in The Big Green Box:

  1. Batteries containing free-flowing electrolyte. For example, automotive and motorcycle batteries contain a highly acidic electrolyte, which may leak from the battery if shipped within the Big Green Box.
  2. Low production run and prototype batteries. Unless you work for a battery manufacturer or research laboratory, you probably don't have to worry about this category. Low production run and prototype batteries generally have not been put through the same rigorous testing as batteries sold to consumers, and therefore should be transported in specialized packaging.
  3. Damaged, Defective or Recalled- Similar to low production run and prototype batteries, the DOT is concerned that damaged, defective, or recalled batteries may pose a greater risk of harm when being shipped and should therefore be transported in specialized packaging. We provide shipping options for damaged, defective or recalled batteries, Please click here for additional information
  4. Li-Ion batteries with a marked rating over 300 watt-hours or Lithium Metal batteries over 25 grams of lithium content. If unknown, please see Battery Size Guidelines to determine whether lithium batteries may ship in a Big Green Box, If you are unsure whether your batteries fall into any of the above categories, call a customer service rep at 877-461-2345 or email info@biggreenbox.com.
2. PROPER INSULATION
3. SHIPPING LITHIUM BATTERIES
4. SHIPPING NON-SPILLABLE LEAD BATTERIES
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