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Alkaline Batteries (Household Batteries)

Commonly known as the “Household Battery”, it is the most versatile and widely used battery today. According to the US EPA, nearly three billion house-hold batteries are purchased in the United States each year. This amount may be equated to approximately 10 batteries per each individual every year. ¹

The alkaline battery is generally used to provide power to everyday electronic devices. This battery also has several distinct advantages that place it in to a unique category than other batteries. For instance, the alkaline battery is able to perform under light-duty demands for long periods of time. It is resistant to variations in temperature, and it has a long shelf-life. When needed, you may store the battery for two years and find that it will maintain up to 90% of its original stored electrical capacity.

The alkaline battery is grouped by five different sizes and power classifications. In order from small to large sizes, the AAA, AA, C, D, and 9-Volt are universally known as belonging to the Alkaline Battery Family. The bigger size cylindrical units, C and D, are designed to generate more power (electrical current) based on a greater demand over a duration of use. The converse applies to AAA and AA cylindrical batteries, supplying power (electrical current) for a light duty demand. The only exception to this rule is the 9-Volt Rectangular-Battery, which is designed to supply more power than the D-Cell at any one time.

Alkaline batteries are available in two classes, standard and premium. Standard alkaline batteries are generally used in low-demand applications, such as remote controls and smoke alarms. The premium version is best suited for high-demand requirements, such as flash-lights, digital cameras, and commercial duty.

¹ Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention, October 2010, Household Batteries.

Making good and efficient use of batteries is one of the best ways to prevent a negative impact on health and the environment. Here are a few tips that will help you manage batteries better:

  • Purchase only what you need.
  • Consider Rechargeable Batteries in an application that has high-demand, i.e., portable-power tools, cameras, and recording devices.
  • If you purchase extra household batteries for future use, or an emergency, then take advantage of the best product expiration date available.
  • Store unused batteries in a cool place.
  • Do not try to recharge the household battery, it may overheat and damage the device.
  • Only a few companies in the United States will accept Household Batteries for recycling. When needed, give Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC a call to discuss your recycling need.


Learn more about battery recycling at www.MetalConversion.com, or call 678-721-0022.

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Metal Conversion April 2011 Fire Recovery and New Facility

On April 16, 2011, a fire occurred at MCT’s 6 East Porter Street facility when a customer improperly shipped lithium batteries to MCT for recycling. MCT worked in close cooperation with the Cartersville Fire Department, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, and other agencies to quickly and safely extinguish the fire and assure the health and safety of the neighbors. Many consumers are not aware that shipping lithium batteries to recycling facilities without following the Department of Transportation shipping guidelines can result in an explosion and a fire, either during shipping or at the recycling facility.

In the year following the fire, MCT has diligently cleaned up the debris and contaminated soil from the 6 East Porter facility. Following the cleanup, MCT submitted a confirmatory sampling plan to the environmental regulatory agencies. This sampling plan will ensure that appropriate testing is done to make certain that contaminated soil has been removed from the property to the extent necessary to protect human health and the environment.

During this recovery, MCT has expanded its recycling capacity with the acquisition of a new receiving and shipping center that will triple its handling and recycling of electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

The new MCT site represents an important expansion and provides a significantly expanded complement to the original battery handling and recycling facilities located in Cartersville, Georgia. The 48,160 square foot building will enhance MCT’s ability to meet the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling. As new developments and innovations occur in the EV industry, there is an increased need for the conscientious recycling of outdated EV batteries. MCT’s new location showcases its place on the cutting edge of the battery recycling industry.

For more information:

Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC
1 E. Porter St., PO Box 1026
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: (678) 721-0022

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Metal Conversion Technologies Creates Important Consumer Safety Message for Recycling Lithium Batteries

Cartersville, GA, May 3, 2012 – Metal Conversion Technologies (MCT), LLC, the second largest rechargeable battery recycler in North America, is educating consumers on important safety guidelines for recycling lithium batteries. Many consumers are not aware that shipping lithium batteries to recycling facilities without following the Department of Transportation shipping guidelines can result in an explosion and a fire, either during shipping or at the receiving facility.

Metal Conversion Technologies makes it easy for consumers to quickly obtain the Department of Transportation shipping guidelines to ensure proper shipping. By visiting the MCT website at www.metalconversion.com, consumers can watch a video which demonstrates proper shipping guidelines, download step-by-step instructions, and print shipping labels required for easy identification when shipping hazardous materials such as lithium batteries.

“By following some simple steps to prevent the battery terminals from touching during shipment, consumers can help contribute to a healthier environment by recycling batteries, and can ensure that the batteries do not become a fire or explosive hazard,” said John Patterson, CEO of Metal Conversion Technologies. “Consumers are doing something good for the environment by recycling batteries, but need to be aware of the simple but effective steps outlined by the DOT to help them feel confident that they are safely recycling batteries.”

Lithium batteries produce a higher voltage than traditional alkaline batteries and often have a longer life, resulting in minimizing battery replacement. Lithium batteries are more often used in consumer products including car batteries and smaller devices such as cell phones, remote car locks, watches, digital cameras and camera recorders.

“MCT is genuinely interested in resource conservation, and environmental stewardship is the foundation of our business,” said Patterson. “We truly want to make it easy and safe for consumers and companies to recycle more batteries which results in a safer and healthier environment for us all.”

About Metal Conversion Technologies:
Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC is the second largest rechargeable battery recycler in North America. Based in Cartersville, Georgia, 40 miles north of Atlanta, MCT services recycling programs throughout the U.S. and around the world. In the past five years, MCT has recycled more than 2,000 tons of batteries, and expects to recycle an additional 1,100 tons in 2012. Many Fortune 500 and 1000 companies attain MCT’s recycling services in order to acquire MCT’s Environmental Indemnification, the elimination of the generators’ cradle-to-grave liability responsibility. For more information about Metal Conversion Technologies, visit www.metalconversion.com.

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BRME Outlines the Importance of Battery Recycling

Without batteries the convenience of text-messaging would be impossible. Batteries provide energy for countless products and devices, supplying us with the luxuries we enjoy. Every computer, cell phone, portable music player, laptop, radio, automobile and airplane is either wholly or partially powered by batteries. Many people do not realize how important batteries are until their batteries die.

Battery Recycling Made Easy® (BRME) addresses the issue that most modern batteries contain heavy metals and chemicals that are detrimental to the environment. Because of their unique constituents, batteries cannot be simply discarded like typical trash. John Patterson, founder of BRME, notes that the chemicals and heavy metals in discarded batteries will eventually contaminate landfills and seep into our groundwater. The best way to avoid this environmental dilemma is to have spent batteries recycled using services like BRME.

The US Government has clearly recognized the importance of battery recycling and the ecological implications of widespread battery usage. Batteries that contain materials such as cadmium, lead, mercury that are not recycled are designated as Hazardous Waste by the US EPA under its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). As a result of public outcry demanding favorable regulations that support recycling, the EPA finally adopted the “Universal Waste Rule (UW)” in 1995, an important regulatory measure that met the public’s demand. Under these new UW Regulations, batteries designated for recycling would be handled as Universal Waste (no longer Hazardous Waste) which diverts material away from landfills to the battery recycler. John Patterson of BRME has been recycling batteries professionally prior to the inception of the UW Rule and has seen it increase the amount of batteries collected for recycling.

Beyond creating peace of mind for business owners, BRME’s battery recycling program is looking out for the environment and helping to secure a greener future for the coming generations.

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