Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New US DOT Rules on Transport of Spent Batteries

The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) has adopted new hazardous materials transportation regulations covering the batteries. These rules address concerns about the potential safety hazards of shipping large quantities of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The rules took effect on October 1, 2008 and will impact the companies and individuals shipping batteries for recycling and the recycling industry.

The new US DOT rules require that Li-ion batteries to be shipped in original equipment or have tape over the terminal connections to help prevent short circuits. In addition, the US DOT has new requirements for marking and labeling of shipping packages.

Most of the rules changes will apply to commercial shipments. But some of the changes will also impact consumers sending small numbers of phones for recycling.

[read more about other recent amendments to hazardous material shipping requirements]

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