TORONTO – Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada’s national consumer battery collection and recycling organization, has unveiled an innovation to bolster the safety in handling and transporting potentially dangerous batteries in Canada. Its battery collection containers now will include an innovative, flame retardant liner. This new feature is part of the organization’s Charge Up Safety! initiative to further the safe collection, transport and recycling of consumer batteries.
When certain types of batteries reach their end-of-life, they may still retain a residual charge that can present a safety risk if not handled properly. To reduce any safety incidents, the Call2Recycle program will include the flame retardant liner in all its battery collection boxes as an extra layer of protection during collection, transportation and recycling.
“As Canada’s premier consumer battery recycling program, we’re constantly evolving our eco-friendly safety practices,” said Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. president, Joe Zenobio. “Our flame retardant liners underscore our commitment to safety, keeping the well-being of our consumers, sorters, collection sites, transporters and processors top of mind.”
The patent-pending liner is made of a dry polyester fiber and provides an additional level of defence should a thermal event occur during the battery recycling journey – from collection to transportation to sorting and processing. The liner is manufactured from used plastic bottles, and is both reusable and recyclable. This innovation, when applied with the program’s guidelines, can limit the potential for flames to escape from a battery box in the event of a thermal runaway or ignition of materials. The flame retardant box liner, manufactured for Call2Recycle’s use, has been independently tested and can withstand up to 600 degrees Celsius.
Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. offers more than 9,000 active collection sites and since 1997, has collected and recycled more than 13.5 million kg. of batteries.