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Safety

We're serious about compliance and safety.

At Big Green Box we’re as dedicated to safety as we are to quality service and innovative recycling technologies.  We believe that protecting the environment, ensuring the safe use of our products, and providing a safe and healthy workplace is a responsibility shared by our management and each member of our dedicated Big Green Box team.  

For an array of unique battery chemistries and types, we have developed an equally diverse array of technologies to ensure each battery component is recovered and treated in the most efficient and environmentally-sound way possible. The process may be different, but the result is always the same… Recycling that is easy, environmentally conscious with top of mind safety standards that are unsurpassed.  

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has established a number of regulations that must be followed to safely and legally ship batteries and electronics for recycling. 

These regulations have been established for your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and those responsible for transporting the batteries. We continually meet and exceed safety requirements, and we’re proud of our proven track record in responsible and eco-friendly recycling practices. 

 

 

Big Green Box is trusted and well-respected for our superior safety track record and responsible, safe recycling practices.  For discriminating consumers, corporations and professionals, visit our Compliance section for a comprehensive overview of DOT shipping regulations, all adhered to with the highest degree of care and compliance you can depend on

Here is an overview of the DOT's shipping regulations, all adhered to with a high degree of compliance at Big Green Box: 

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. 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.
Proper Insulation

Lithium ion, Lithium metal, Non-Spillable and batteries marked with a rating over 9 volts must be protected against short circuits and dangerous evolution of heat. Suitable methods include, but are not limited to, placing the batteries in individually in plastic bags or taping and covering the exposed terminals. The means of protection used to prevent short circuits must remain in place while the package is in transportation. Devices containing batteries must be protected against short circuits and unintentional activation. This can be achieved by taping the switch in the off position.

For sake of clarity, insulation is not required for Alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), NiCd, or NiMH batteries when marked with a rating of 9 volts and under. This voltage rating should be noted on the battery wrapper or case.

Please note: We ask that you ONLY use clear plastic bags or clear packing tape. This is to make battery identification possible.

Shipping Lithium Batteries

The Big Green Box requires the shipment of all batteries pursuant to DOT-SP 16474,  including the shipment of Lithium Ion, and Lithium Metal batteries, which follow these guidelines. The following summarizes the applicable shipping regulations and requirements:

  1. Insulation: Lithium Ion and Lithium Metal batteries must be insulated pursuant to Section 2 above on Proper Insulation.
  2. Small Cells Only: Lithium Ion batteries must have a rated capacity lower than 300 watt-hours per battery. Lithium Metal batteries must contain less than 25 grams of lithium content per battery.
  3. 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, must be transported in specialized packaging.
  4. Size and Container Weight Guidelines:  For those with batteries larger than common consumer type batteries described above may use our Lithium Battery Size Guidelines to determine whether lithium batteries may ship in the Lithium Big Green Box.
  5. Marking: The Big Green Box provides all markings outlined below to meet D.O.T. SP-16474 shipping requirements.

    Each package must be durably marked:

    • “Used Batteries for Recycling or Disposal: May Contain Lithium (ion and/or metal) and Nonspillable Batteries. FOR HIGHWAY OR RAIL FREIGHT ONLY- FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORTATION BY VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT. This is printed on top of every Big Green Box.
    • With an emergency response telephone number, accessible 24 hours per day in case of damage to the packaging or contents. This is printed on the top of every Big Green Box, 1-800-424-9300.
    • Must display Special Permit number, “DOT-SP 16474”. The permit number is printed on the top of every Big Green Box.

If you have any questions about these shipping regulations, call a customer service rep at 877-461-2345 or email info@biggreenbox.com

Shipping Non-Spillable Lead Batteries

The Big Green Box requires the shipment of Non-Spillable Lead batteries pursuant to D.O.T. SP-16474. The Following summarizes the applicable requirements of those shipping regulations:

  1. Insulation: Lead batteries must be insulated pursuant to Section 2 above on Proper Insulation.
  2. Non-Spillable: Lead Acid batteries may only be shipped in the Big Green Box if they are designated “non-spillable” (i.e. battery acid will not leak from a crack in the casing). Such batteries are typically marked “non-spillable.” Contact the battery manufacturer if type is unknown.
  3. Marking: The container must be marked “Used Batteries for Recycling or Disposal: May Contain Lithium (ion and/or metal) and Non-spillable Batteries. FOR HIGHWAY OR RAIL FREIGHT ONLY- FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORTATION BY VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT. This is printed on top of every Big Green Box.

If you have any questions about these shipping regulations, call a customer service rep at 877-461-2345 or email info@biggreenbox.com

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