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Handling Batteries the Correct Way: What We're Doing to Reduce Environmental Hazards

Phone Battery Recycling

We take battery safety and recycling very seriously at Mobile Defenders. There are large environmental impacts that could occur from not handling batteries in the correct way, and as a supplier of cell phone replacement parts, it’s important to us that we reduce our impact as much as possible. That’s why we have a Battery Recycling Initiative in place to ensure our team is taking precautions and making moves to help prevent environmental hazards.

What happens if a battery is thrown in the garbage

A lithium-ion battery is made up of a number of different hazardous materials such as manganese, cobalt and more. If the plastic housing of the battery was to break in a landfill, which could easily happen in that setting, the toxic materials would contaminate the ground and water supplies. With the environmental impact a battery can make in a landfill, it’s important that we take recycling efforts very seriously.

Mobile Defenders ensures batteries are handled properly

Mobile Defenders takes precautions as we receive, house, and ship batteries out to our customers. If a battery doesn’t meet our high standards of quality or we find it defective in some way during quality assurance, the battery is placed in a bin dedicated solely to batteries that need recycling.

Another way we gather batteries is through our Broken Screen Buyback Program. Samsung screens have the battery adhered, and in some cases, customers send the screen to us with the battery attached. When this occurs, we detach that battery and place it in the bin, too.

The bin ensures that batteries are in a safe place so that hazardous materials stay contained, don’t leak, and end up where they should, not where they shouldn’t.

Battery recycling at Mobile Defenders facility in Grand Rapids, MI

Tech Defenders, our sister company, then takes over the recycling process. They help facilitate transportation to a company that specializes in disposing of batteries responsibly.

Once the batteries arrive at the recycling facility, they go through a testing process and ultimately, a High Temperature Metal Reclamation (HTMR) process. In this process, they pull the battery apart, separating all of the hazardous materials.

Some materials are melted down and refined to be used again. The plastics are able to be cleaned and processed for future use as well, while the acid is either recycled for other uses or processed into a pH-neutral substance that can be safely disposed of.

How repair shops can take action

We all need to do our part to ensure device parts are recycled responsibly. As a repair store, you are already helping reduce e-waste by fixing broken devices. This keeps phones and other devices in service for a longer period of time.

That being said, the number of phones produced and disposed of is still enormous. To give things a little perspective, each year over a billion smartphones are sold worldwide. Can you imagine what over a billion lithium batteries could do to the environment if not handled properly?

When you have batteries to dispose of, you have options! For starters, there are some bigger, national companies you could choose from such as Battery Recyclers of America. There are also many smaller companies recycling batteries around the country as well and potentially one in your area. With so many options available to you, it has become easy to make the responsible decision and recycle your batteries.

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