Lithium Battery Recycling and Disposal
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently released (May 17, 2022) a Safety Advisory Notice detailing their findings regarding “shippers and carriers improperly package[ing] and ship[ping] lithium batters for disposal or recycling.”
During their inspections, the hazmat investigators “routinely” observed shippers and carriers make 3 common mistakes:
- Packaging lithium batteries in a way that did not protect against short circuit
- Mixing damaged batteries with other batteries within the same shipments
- Incorrect marking and labeling of lithium batteries in boxes and drums
It is not PHMSA’s intention to “bind the public,” in anyway, rather they hope to increase public awareness and disseminate information regarding existing requirements within the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180). For a more complete look at the advisory click the link below:
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