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How To Dispose Of Lithium-Ion Batteries

What’s The Deal With Lithium-Ion Batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are pretty sweet. They’re found in a lot of electronics these days because they’re lighter and more efficient than other batteries.

Wait, hold up! I’m not done yet. They’re a really cool piece of technology, but they’re not without their problems. As the owner of Certified Recycling would say, “Lithium-ion batteries have a tendency to go boom-boom.”

Why You Shouldn’t Throw Lithium-Ion Batteries In Your Trash Can or Household Recycling Bin

Lithium-ion batteries are considered hazardous universal waste. These batteries are different from traditional AA-batteries (which shouldn’t be thrown in the trash either, btw) because they can cause destruction. No, that ain’t hyperbole. Literal destruction.

If you throw a product with a lithium-ion battery into the garbage, you’re risking starting a fire in your home. If the battery ends up in a garbage truck, the compacter could break the battery and start a fire as the truck is driving down the highway.

Last year there was a massive fire at a recycling facility up in Blaine because a cellphone was thrown into a household recycling bin and made its way into the transfer facility undetected. The battery was punctured and caused a devastating fire to the recycling plant.

Lithium-ion batteries burn at a very fast rate at high heat, and the fire is tough to stop once it starts. To avoid causing all-out mayhem, please please PLEASE don’t throw your batteries in your trash or recycling bin.

Here’s How To Properly Get Rid Of Lithium-Ion Batteries

The best way to properly dispose of your lithium-ion batteries is to take them to your local recycling center or retailer. The people who work in these places are trained to handle and package the batteries to get them to the right place for proper recycling.

There are different types of lithium-ion batteries (high-yield, low-yield, the little round silver button ones, etc…) that are often missed and thrown in the trash. Do not throw lithium-ion batteries or electronics into your trash can or recycling bin.

How Do I Know If My Electronics Have Lithium-Ion Batteries?

If you have a modern electronic product, there’s a solid chance it uses a lithium-ion battery. It’s best to play it safe and check anything electronic before you throw it away. Here are a few examples of how a lithium-ion battery can look:

Got A Question About Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries?

You can always contact us at Certified Recycling! Take a picture of your electronic equipment or battery and send it to info@certifiedrecycling.net. We can help you determine what type of battery it is, how to properly dispose of it and how to get it from you to us!

About Our Recycling Services

We really dig recycling. We like it so much, in fact, that if you don’t have time to drop off at our warehouse in Burnsville, we’ll gladly come to you. Our fleet of trucks run routes across the Twin Cities every week, making both in-home and curbside pickups.

Just request a pickup by filling out the form below and we’ll handle the rest, or call us directly at 952-894-1448.




How To Dispose Of Old Or Bad Gasoline

Picture of a gasoline container. This blog post tells you how to dispose of bad or old gasoline.

Did you Google, “How to dispose of old gasoline”? How about, “How to dispose of bad gasoline”? Either way, we’ve got your answer right here! But first, a tale…

There was a ton of snow in Minnesota this past winter. We’re talking record amounts in some areas. This was annoying, but it also led to some serious flooding problems in the spring.

One of our friends got a raw deal when the snow melted and flooded his garage. Thankfully, nothing was seriously damaged. But there was one problem: Water got into a couple of gasoline containers! [Read More]

Awesome Recycling Events For This Year’s I Love Burnsville Week

Not sure if you knew this, but we love Burnsville. Not as much as we love Mama Earth, but it’s pretty dang close! We’ve been here for a while and the community brings us so much joy that we occasionally break into dance routines.

Since this city fills our hearts with so much happiness, it’s only fitting that we help out with this year’s I Love Burnsville Week. If you need to get some junk out of your home, we’ll be offering a few recycling promotions this June. [Read More]

5 Ways To Live Green This Earth Day (And Every Day)

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What’s better than Christmas and Thanksgiving combined? That’s obvious … Earth Day!
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Here’s How You Can Help Reduce The Size Of Landfills

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There are a few things we love to raise: our children, money for charity, the roof. One thing we don’t love to raise? The height of landfills.
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3 Reasons Why Recycling Is A Romantic Date Idea

An image demonstrating our love for Earth.

We’ve been in a saucy relationship with Mama Earth for years. I guess you could say, we love her. There. We said it. We’re in love with this crazy planet!

If you and your partner are tree-huggers like us, we’ve got a hot date idea for you this Valentine’s Day: Go to the recycling center! Because there’s nothing hotter than a trip to Certified Recycling. [Read More]

4 Things Not To Do With Your Broken Microwave

Picture of a broken microwave.

You went to throw some Bagel Bites in your microwave the other day. You thought, “Hey, this’ll taste good enough!”

Everything was going just fine. But then, the worst thing ever happened. Your microwave…didn’t work! [Read More]

Your Guide To In-Home Recycling

Picture of plastic bottles that should be recycled.

When it comes to recycling, we handle the big stuff. Like the big, big stuff—refrigerators, couches, TVs, snow blowers. What else are we gonna do with these massive triceps? *flexes*

But we know that recycling your papers and plastics is just as important for keeping Mama Earth clean and happy, so here’s what you need to know about recycling everyday things. [Read More]

Minnesota Recycling Laws You Should Know

Listen, we all bend the rules every once in a while. Maybe you wash your cottons in warm water. Or sometimes you put your milk in your bowl before the cereal (just kidding—we know no one could be that evil).

But some rules shouldn’t be broken, and ignoring them can have a bigger impact than the top of your Frosted Flakes being too dry. Take a look at these Minnesota recycling laws that keep the Earth a little healthier and our crews a little happier. [Read More]

Infographic for kids to learn how to recycle

A Handy List to Teach Kids Recycling Basics

Regardless of whether it takes a village to raise a child, all of those children are going to live in a pretty filthy village if we aren’t teaching them the basics of recycling.

So we’re sharing a post from our friends at Rubber Mulch Products. They make some pretty sharp-looking landscaping and playground mulch from recycled rubber, which we’re all about. [Read More]