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Alkaline batteries can be scary to deal with if not handled correctly. It’s up to you to know how to handle them correctly during shipment! Study the commonly asked questions below to understand how to work safely with alkaline batteries.

Can I ship alkaline batteries?

Alkaline batteries are one of the most commonly shipped batteries. However, if you handle them incorrectly, the electrolyte inside (potassium hydroxide), may leak out and cause some serious damage.

Are they hazardous materials?

Yes, they are considered hazardous materials and regulated by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations. Keep in mind, your employer needs to inform you whether or not the batteries fall under the DOT’s 172.102, Special Provision 130. If they do, the batteries may not be subject to other requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Are they hazardous waste?

Even though alkaline batteries are not hazardous waste under federal rules, some states still treat them as hazardous waste. Check your state’s policies to find out. If your state considers alkaline batteries as hazardous waste, and you ship them as such, you must:

  1. Protect and package the batteries securely in either a strong fiberboard, a wooden box, or in a fiber or metal drum; or
  2. Place the batteries on pallets and ship them in accordance with DOT requirements.

What if I ship the batteries as hazardous waste to another state?

If you ship batteries to or from a state which classifies batteries as a hazardous waste, use the word “Waste” as part of the proper shipping name and mark the container as follows:

HAZARDOUS WASTE — Federal Law Prohibits Improper Disposal. If found, contact the nearest police or public safety authority or the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Generator’s Name and Address:

Manifest Tracking Number: