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How do I get rid of this battery?

By anejako ·
I have a Lithium-Ion battery from an IBM ThinkPad 770 that is absolute toast. I know it has reached the end of its useful life, and I want to get rid of it. Does anyone know the proper way to recycle a lithium-ion battery--a contact to which I cansend it? My company is strict about the disposal of hazardous materials, so I don't want to just throw it in the trash.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to How do I get rid of this ...

One would think since your company is strict about haz-mat disposal that one of their contacts would gladly handle this for you. Alternatively, IBM will be glad to provide you with ways to get rid of it. You need only call their 800 number.

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by shiny_topadm In reply to How do I get rid of this ...

You are correct that a Lithium-Ion battery is generally classed as hazardous material and shouldn't be thrown in the trash. There are several (mostly regional) recyclers that exist, at least here in the Northeast US. Their documentation says that some of the chemicals can be removed and returned to the manufacturers, and the rest made somewhat safer for disposal. I've not seen a national push for this, though. If you do a web search on "battery disposal", you'll find many companies, and hopefully someone near you. As technology improves, we unfortunately will end up with more "old" stuff that should NOT end up in land fills and gound water. Congratulations for being concerned! - Will

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by anejako In reply to How do I get rid of this ...

Thanks for all the info!

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by aekland In reply to How do I get rid of this ...

Contact IBM or one of the service centers. Most companies that sell such recyclables will take them back and dispose of them properly.

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by anejako In reply to How do I get rid of this ...
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by camper56 In reply to How do I get rid of this ...

Regardless of where you end up disposing the battery there are very strict rules about transporting hazardous substances like lithium. Besure the recipient advises you on the proper method of shipment and labeling. One possible rescource for findinga recycler may be Clean Harbors. They have a site at http://www.cleanharbors.com/. Good luck.

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by anejako In reply to How do I get rid of this ...

Thanks for the info and the link!

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