Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q:

    What do you do with the batteries?

    A:

    All batteries shipped to a Retriev Technologies facility will be recycled, meaning the recoverable components will be reclaimed to the maximum extent practicable and sent for reuse in new products.  For more information about our recycling process and the materials reclaimed, please visit our Recycling Technology page.

  • Q:

    What types of batteries do you recycle?

    A:

    We accept all of the most common battery chemistries and formats:

    • Alkaline, NiCad, NiMH, Lead Acid, Li-Ion, Primary Lithium, Silver Oxide, Mercury

    We also accept less common battery types.  Just contact us and one of our sales staff will be able to tell you right away if we can manage your batteries.

  • Q:

    Will I get paid for recycling my batteries?

    A:

    Some batteries like Lead Acid, NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion have value after being recycled.  Other batteries like Alkaline, Primary Lithium, and newer Li-Ion are relatively valueless, which requires a fee to be paid to cover the costs of proper recycling.  Contact us and our sales team will be able to provide you with an estimated quote to recycle your batteries.

  • Q:

    Are batteries a waste?

    A:

    At a basic level, any item that is discarded is a waste.  When the average person asks this question, in most cases they're really asking whether batteries are a "hazardous" waste and therefore subject to strict governmental regulations.  

    This matter is complicated by the fact that one battery may be considered hazardous for purposes of tracking its final disposition, but at the same time non-hazardous for purposes of transportation.  In addition, this designation can change depending on the state or country where the batteries are located.

    Retriev employs environmental experts that will help you navigate the complicated regulations regarding battery recycling.  If you have questions, reach out to our team, and we'll be sure to answer them right away.

  • Q:

    Am I required to recycle batteries?

    A:

    An individual or business has many considerations when determining their requirement to recycle batteries.  In some cases, there are state and federal regulations that treat batteries as a hazardous waste and make the improper disposal of such batteries a fineable offense.  In other cases, a business may be under a self imposed obligation, such as a R2 or eSteward certification, to ensure the waste they generate is not land filled and is instead processed to the highest environmental standards possible.

    Finally, it’s also environmentally beneficial to ensure all waste items, not just batteries, are directed to a recycler instead of municipal disposal.  A recycler can ensure materials are reused and not simply wasted by being buried in the ground or sent for incineration.  When materials are reused that means new materials do not need to be produced, which helps reduce emissions from very environmentally impactful operations, such as mining.

  • Q:

    I only have a few pounds of batteries to be recycled, can you help me?

    A:

    Retriev has created a battery recycling program, called The Big Green Box, that is perfect for those people with only small volumes of batteries.  This program allows our customers to easily recycle the batteries at their home, office, or other establishment.

    All you have to do is purchase one of our The Big Green Box containers, which can be used to collect and store used batteries.  Once this container is full, simply seal it and ship it using a pre-paid mailing label.  We will receive the container at our nearest recycling facility and recycle everything inside.  It's that simple.

    Go to our The Big Green Box website for more information, or contact one of our sales staff.

  • Q:

    Where are your facilities located?

    A:

    We have facilities across North America.  Our corporate headquarers is located in Anaheim, CA.  This also the location of Kinsbursky Brothers Inc., which is one of the majory shareholders of Retriev and which acts as a consolidation site for many of the materials to be delivered to Retriev's other recycling facilities.  In addition, we have recycling facilities in Trail, BC and Lancaster, OH, and a Universal Waste Handlign Facility in Baltimore, OH.  Finally, our research and development division, LithChem Energy, is located in Folcroft, PA.

    For more infomraiton please visit our locations page.

  • Q:

    What permits and certifications do you maintain?

    A:

    Retriev maintains a series of permits and certifications proving we have the skill set and authority to properly recycle your used batteries.  For more information about these permits and certifications, you can visit our Environmental Compliance page.

  • Q:

    Do you incinerate batteries?

    A:

    Retriev does not incinerate used batteries.  Incinerators can be used with great effect to manage wastes that should not be land filled or, even, to reduce the volume of waste being land filled.  However, they are lacking when it comes to producing materials that are proper for secondary use.

    All of our processes are designed to produce the greatest volume of recyclable content.  We strive to recover Lead, Nickel, Cobalt and Zinc (just to name a few).  These recovered materials can be used in the place of virgin materials, which helps create more sustainable products for future use.

  • Q:

    How do I schedule a load for delivery?

    A:

    The first step is to contact one of our sales staff to help set you up with pricing and to get you all the information you need to properly ship your batteries to one of our recycling facilities.

    We will set you up with a date and time for delivery, and can even schedule a truck to make a pickup at your facility.

  • Q:

    Do you recycle items besides batteries?

    A:

    Retriev specializes in the recycling of all types of batteries.  However, we can also help with the recycling of other battery related items, such as the production scrap from battery manufacturing lines.

    In addition, we have years of experience in the metal recovery industry.  If you have a unique item that you need help developing a solution to recycle, then we may have the knowledge necessary to create just such a solution.

    Please contact us and we would be happy to discuss further.

  • Q:

    What is the relationship between Retriev Technologies Inc. and Kinsbursky Brothers Inc.?

    A:

    Kinsbursky Brothers Inc. (KBI) is a major shareholder in Retriev Technologies.  For that reason, the headquarters of Retriev Technologies is located within the same building as KBI.  In addition, many of the materials destined for Retriev will first be consolidated at KBI's Anaheim, CA facility, since it acts as a convenient South West collection site for batteries destined for recycling at Retriev's East Coast and Canada facilities.