Fifth Element Refiners Virginia Herman exchanged my shipment of silver oxide batteries for lithium an then returned them to the post office as a hazardous shipment Charlotte, North Carolina
They said the package was seized by the post office because there was some lithium cells mixed in, I have a very thorough sorting process before shipping so I know this is not true. After many futile misleading emails I finally located the parcel at the downtown post office. I drove 15 hours to reclaim it, and learnt that the post office did not seize it but the person from Fifth Element brought it in.
When I looked in the box there was no silver oxide batteries, just full of junk lithium cells. I contacted Fifth Element and they said it was my fault for waiting too long and that the people at the post office were not to be trusted and switched them.
So I am out the value of the cells (they quoted they would pay $68.00/lb) plus a 15 hour drive both ways plus expenses.
When Should You Recycle Your Batteries?
As far as batteries go silver oxide batteries are rather attractive. They are very shiny and eye catching when displayed in a bottle like the picture above. But looks can be very deceiving. Inside of those batteries there is some pretty nasty stuff.
The shelf life of silver oxide batteries is 2 years. After that period of time it is recommended that they be recycled. Look at what kind of damage one silver oxide battery can do:
Imagine what several thousand batteries can do? Watchmakers and Jewelers always tell their customers to change their watch batteries every two years and to NEVER leave a dead battery in a watch because of the damage it can do. So if you do have silver oxide batteries lying around for an extended period of time give Global Battery Buyers a call. When can safely recycle them for you and pay you top dollar for them!! It’s a no brainer! Call Global Battery Buyers a today at 855-243-8724 and speak with a Battery Consultant today!!!
Why recycle batteries?
Batteries are made from important resources and chemicals, including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury. Each battery placed in the bright red recycling box will be taken apart and many of the materials will be recovered and used to make new batteries or something else. If you put your batteries into a rubbish bin they will be taken to landfill sites and the resources lost.
Recycling batteries is good for the environment. It keeps them out of landfill, where heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes, causing soil and water pollution. If batteries are incinerated with household waste, the heavy metals in them may cause air pollution.
How can you help
Penn Yan, N.Y. —
Disposal of covered rechargeable batteries as solid waste will be banned in New York State as of Dec. 5, according to officials at the Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Authority.
The Western Finger Lakes Authority does not conduct a battery collection, disposal and recycling program. Federal highway regulations governing the transportation of batteries have made it impossible for the WFLA to handle these materials, explains Marjorie Torelli.
In Yates County, Penn Yan Electronics and CVS have been listed with WFLA as stores that will recycle batteries. Check with other retailers to see if they are prepared to take your rechargeable batteries for recycling.
New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling
The NYS Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act was signed into law on Dec. 10, 2010. The law requires manufacturers of covered rechargeable batteries to collect and recycle the batteries statewide in a manufacturer-funded program at no cost to consumers.
Most rechargeable batteries contain toxic metals that can be released into the environment when improperly disposed. Consumers across the state will now be able to safely return to retailers rechargeable batteries, from a large number of electronic products, for recycling or proper management at the end of their useful life.
Concern over the dangers posed by mercury prompted the United States government to restrict the sale of mercury oxide batteries in 1996. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that button cells are allowed to contain low levels of added mercury to prevent internal corrosion. Watch batteries also contain several heavy metals and other toxic substances harmful to humans and the environment. For these reasons the EPA advise that watch batteries and other button cells be recycled rather than thrown away. Extracting heavy and precious metals, along with the ease of handling, make recycling watch batteries profitable for some companies.
Mercury in silver oxide batteries
Industry groups are hoping to postpone three states’ ban on mercury-added button-cell batteries, which have been used in watches.
Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have all enacted legislation that would bar mercury-added batteries effective July 1, 2011. Maine, however, recently pushed back the deadline to Jan. 1, 2012, and the American Watch Association and Jewelers of America are hoping the other states will follow suit.
The two groups say the states need to consider batteries that are already ”in the pipeline.”
“The concern is that retailers in these states are going to get stuck with a bunch of perfectly harmless batteries,” said Emilio G. “Toby” Collado, executive director of the American Watch Association. “Nobody is saying there shouldn’t be a ban. No one wants mercury in their batteries. Now technology has evolved so that they have removed the mercury.”
But many retailers are already stocking watches with the old batteries, Collado said, and with some of the high-end timepieces, it could be difficult to remove them.
“We say let them use them up at least through the end of December,” Collado said. “Otherwise they will be stuck with a loss.”
Collado also argued that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has disrupted supplies of mercury-free batteries to many watch companies.
Retailers in Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut can contact legislators about this issue here.
How many batteries have you thrown into the trash in your lifetime? Household batteries are thrown away by the billions each year in us.