Federal officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a series of free-to-attend workshops around the country to teach e-scrap companies and others how to safely handle lithium-ion batteries. Beginning later this month, the workshops will be held in Atlanta; Lenexa, Kansas (near Kansas City); Chicago; and Fremont, California (in the San Francisco Bay area) with a limited number of seating.
- July 29, 2019, Atlanta Metro Area
- July 30, 2019, Kansas City Metro Area
- August 14, 2019, Chicago Metro Area
- September 5, 2019, San Francisco Bay Area
Designed for professionals in the waste and recycling industry, the work shop will provide in-depth knowledge of federal regulations when it comes to these devices. The three-hour workshops will discuss how to prevent, reduce and eliminate risks of thermal events or explosions from improper packaging, labeling or recycling of lithium-ion batteries. Those interested in the events can find details on the workshop locations and how to register here.
Lithium ion batteries are used in a wide array of devices that are used on a daily basis. Some of the most common devices where these batteries are used are cell phones, laptops, tablets, and electric cars. Rechargeable lithium ion cells utilize lithium ions that are interposed into graphite, lithium metal oxides and/or lithium salts. There is no elemental lithium in a lithium ion battery. This means that they are much more stable than non-rechargeable lithium batteries which contain the element lithium. However, lithium ion can still pose a threat if they’re not handled properly. That said, these batteries aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon, therefore it is extremely important to find the best possible ways to handle the material.