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Special care must be taken when handling hazardous batteries. Since most spills occur during transportation, proper packaging of material is key.  When Junkbat is called on to recycle batteries for utility companies, we must often also prepare the batteries in the plant or warehouse, which frequently means meeting rigorous requirements just to enter the facility.

Companies such as Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have strict requirements to be allowed inside their facilities. Contractors must present an acceptable OSHA score and Workers Compensation rating. Junkbat has had zero reportable workplace incidences and workers comp claims to date. We maintain our exemplary ratings by wearing proper safety gear and following strict safety precautions at all times. All of our staff are properly educated on handling hazmat batteries and what to do in case of emergency contact with sulfuric acid in the eyes or nostrils.

Last month we were called in as a subcontractor to perform a scrap battery removal and recycling job for a utility company. We arrived on time and on schedule early in the morning. After passing a security check and COVID test, we arrived at the warehouse building of the power plant.

Upon entering the facility, we were given a safety walk-through, and began sorting batteries. There were approximately 16 crates of four flooded wet cell lead-calcium batteries. Batteries were put back in original packaging, and we left them as is. The Sprinter Marathon SLA batteries were stacked on two pallets according to DOT guidelines, with cardboard between each layer, and wrapped with 120 gauge stretch wrap. Alarm system and miscellaneous lead-acid batteries were separated and grouped accordingly. Lithium Ion batteries received electrical tape over each terminal and were separated from the Ni-Cad and Alkaline batteries.

After the battery inspection and packaging, we weighed each pallet and loaded the truck, being mindful of axle and bridge weight. A total of two trips were needed. We checked out with the plant manager and provided an accurate BOL with 49 CFR 173.159 exemption label. Total time spent packaging material was around three hours.

When the batteries arrived at our facility, we recorded the check in time and date. This information will later be used on the Certificate of Recycling (Death Certificate). Crates were removed off the flooded Lead-Calcium batteries. Wood blocks were nailed around all four sides of the batteries to prevent shifting and we stretch wrapped the four batteries together using 120 gauge film to prevent individual movement. Finally, we applied cardboard on the top to cover the terminals and banded the batteries using high tensile metal banding both ways. We confirmed our CAT scale truck weights from both trips with our small scale weight of each pallet at the warehouse. Less than 48 hours later, after the batteries were fully processed, a wire was issued and the Certificate of Recycling was provided once batteries left our facility for the smelter.

For safe handling and removal of batteries from your facility by qualified staff, contact us.

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