Battery Packaging Guidelines


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Beginning January 1 of 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation will require that all batteries are packaged so that the terminals cannot contact each other.  This can be accomplished by taping the terminals with non conductive tape, bagging the batteries individually, packaging them in the original package, or placing non-conductive caps on the terminals.  A subsequent interpretation letter dated November 25, 2009 exempts all dry cell batteries with a rating of 9-volts and below from the HMR, thus these batteries will not require additional packaging measures. Only chemically compatible batteries should be packaged together, and cannot be mixed with other batteries.

The US Department of Transportation issued new compliance procedures regarding battery packaging in order to prevent fires caused by improper packaging.

Batteries Requiring Special Packaging 

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* see Universal Waste -  

Lead acid, lithium, nickel cadmium batteries, mercury batteries, magnesium, and silver oxide batteries are ok to be shipped in as universal waste as long as they are not leaking, and are marked accordingly with the words Universal Waste.  When shipping these kinds of batteries, the proper shipping name must be used followed by the words UNIVERSAL WASTE, on the label, and on the manifest.