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Why should my terminals be taped?

Store collection and battery boxes

I sell batteries and accumulators. Am I obligated to accept used batteries and accumulators at my sales outlet?

Yes, the Waste Act stipulates that every sales outlet that sells batteries and accumulators must accept used batteries and accumulators from end users free of charge and without an obligation to buy new products.

Where should I place the battery and accumulator collection point?

Place the battery collection receptacle in a monitored, dry and room-temperature place near suitable fire extinguishing equipment and a fire and/or smoke alarm system.

What kind of safety aspects should the collection point take into account?

In addition to placing the collection receptacle properly, remember the following instructions:

  • Place the returning instructions in a visible spot and make sure that they can be followed.
  • Place a roll of adhesive tape next to the collection receptacle for taping over the terminals of batteries and accumulators.
  • Check the receptacle regularly to make sure that it does not contain any unacceptable items or trash and that the terminals of lithium batteries and accumulators in particular have been taped over in order to prevent short-circuiting.

I would like to have more information or materials to support battery recycling. What should I do?

You can find ready-made instruction materials for both the collection point staff and returners here. We are also happy to receive any development suggestions regarding the materials or other questions at info(a)

Does returnable batteries and accumulators have to fit in the transport box gap?

The size of the transport box gap is designed so that batteries and accumulators of approximately the correct size can fit inside the gap. Slightly larger batteries can also be placed in a transport box, but lithium batteries weighing more than 0.5 kg require more durable transport packaging.

Many tool accumulators today are lithium accumulators which, can even ignite themselves as a result of the so-called thermal runaway effect. Exposed to thermal runaway are for example physical damage and external short circuits.

The risk of fire is related to the high energy density of lithium-ion accumulators and the flammable electrolyte. Also, the accumulators never run out completely, but energy is still left in the accumulator, even if the accumulator is seemingly empty or inoperative. Lithium accumulators over 0.5 kg should therefore be transported in Recser Oy’s red VAK-approved barrels.

Why does the pick-up take place within seven weekdays of the order being placed?

The reason for the seven-weekday response time is to minimise the environmental impacts. In order to reduce the environmental impacts of the transport of batteries and accumulators, we optimise the routes and make use of joint pick-ups or return logistics. The smaller the carbon footprint of the collection, the larger the positive carbon handprint of the recycling of battery and accumulator materials.

Is there an “age limit” at which the transport box should already be sent forward?

Yes there is. We recommend that you do not store the transport box for more than a year. Alkaline batteries in particular start to leak as they age, and storage for too long will not do any good for other batteries.

If only small amounts of batteries and accumulators accumulate, the box can also be emptied at the nearest larger collection point. You can find the nearest collection point here.

I have a couple of plastic buckets full of used batteries and accumulators at my store. How can I deliver them forward for recycling?

Batteries and accumulators are subject to legislation regarding the transport of hazardous materials and can therefore only be transported in transport packages that meet the legal requirements and feature the necessary labelling. You can order transport boxes free of charge, as well as pick-ups for them, from Recser Oy. See more information here.

Why should all batteries and accumulators be properly packaged and in the appropriate shipping containers?

This is because batteries and accumulators are classified as hazardous waste. During the transport, hazardous waste must be marked separately and packed correctly. Recser Oy’s transport boxes and barrels meet the requirements of VAK legislation in terms of their properties and markings.

Do collection points have to pay a fee for transport boxes or their pick-up?

Batteries and accumulators are subject to producer responsibility legislation, meaning that their importer takes care of the pick-ups of batteries and accumulators collected by distributors and other locations at its own expense. We also do not charge a fee for any transport boxes delivered for packaging.

In practice, the producer transfers the costs of arranging the waste management in the price of the battery or accumulator all the way to the end user. The end user has the right to return a used product conveniently and free of charge to an organised collection point.

Is it possible to buy a metal rack for the transport box?

Yes it is. A metal rack under the transport box is a good purchase for a collection point. One such option you can find on our website.

Can I order empty transport boxes more than returnable ones?

Yes. You can order a larger number of empty boxes to be delivered during a pick-up than the number of full boxes being picked up. Remember to tell the customer service representative about your wish to have a larger number of replacement boxes delivered if you place the order over the phone.

What should I do, if delivery or pick-up of the transport box is really slow or never arrives?

If a transport box or pick-up service you have ordered does not arrive within approximately a week of the order being placed, please contact us as soon as possible at kuljetukset(a) so that we can resolve the issue.

Do I need to make sure all returned batteries and accumulators are taped?

All recyclable batteries and accumulators should be checked, but we understand that this is practically impossible. We therefore urge you to inform customers about the importance of taping batteries and accumulators and to offer the possibility of taping the batteries at the collection point.

However, even in a plastic bag, it is better to return the batteries and the accumulators than without any protection. The plastic bag also protects with a slightly large amount of batteries and accumulators, so that the possibility of a short circuit is reduced.

We do not recommend returning batteries and accumulators in a glass container. At the sorting point, a glass container can pose a danger to the worker when the batteries and accumulators are poured into the sorting and the worker is not aware of the glass among the batteries and accumulators.

As an exception to this, small hearing aid batteries may be returned in their sales packaging in a collection container, as the design of the packaging itself prevents the batteries from coming into contact with each other.