Call2Recycle Canada Inc., Canada's national consumer battery collection and recycling organization headquartered in Toronto, has announced that its battery collection containers now will include a flame retardant liner. This new feature is part of the organization's Charge Up Safety! initiative to further the safe collection, transport and recycling of consumer batteries.
When certain types of batteries reach their end-of-life, they may still retain a residual charge that can present a safety risk if not handled properly, Call2Recycle Canada says. To reduce any safety incidents, the Call2Recycle program will include the flame retardant liner in all its battery collection boxes as an extra layer of protection during collection, transportation and recycling.
"As Canada's premier consumer battery recycling program, we're constantly evolving our ecofriendly safety practices," Joe Zenobio, Call2Recycle Canada president, says. "Our flame retardant liners underscore our commitment to safety, keeping the well-being of our consumers, sorters, collection sites, transporters and processors top of mind."
The patent-pending liner is made of a dry polyester fiber and provides an additional level of defense should a thermal event occur during collection, transport, sorting or processing. The liner is manufactured from used plastic bottles and is both reusable and recyclable. The liners, when applied with the program's guidelines, can limit the potential for flames to escape from a battery box in the event of a thermal runaway or ignition of materials, Call2Recycle Canada says. The flame retardant box liner, manufactured for Call2Recycle's use, has been independently tested and can withstand up to 1112 degrees Fahrenheit.
Call2Recycle Canada has more than 9,000 active collection sites and since 1997 has collected and recycled more than 13,500 metric tons of batteries.