Avoid Fire Risks – Dispose of Old Devices Safely

Disposal companies are increasingly falling victim to the incorrect disposal of high-performance batteries. This leads to fires at electrical recycling companies and jeopardises the existing recycling infrastructure. Support #LithiumUnites, an initiative of VERE e.V., to solve the problem.

Who We Are

In the VERE e.V., an Association for the take-back and recycling of old electrical and electronic equipment, over 4,000 producers and sellers of electrical appliances are organised. Board members Oliver Friedrichs, Hjalmar Vierle and Martin Büscher, as well as the association's dedicated employees, have launched the #LithiumUnites initiative.

The Problem

The incorrect disposal of lithium-ion batteries and accumulators leads to fires in disposal vehicles and facilities. This jeopardises the general recycling infrastructure. The responsible handling of high-performance batteries unites producers, sellers, consumers, logisticians and disposal companies. The latter are increasingly falling victim to incorrect disposal, which releases uncontrolled energy due to deep discharge, short circuits, defects, heat, cold, moisture, pressure or exposed terminals, leading to these fires.

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The Initiative

#LithiumUnites brings together all those involved to solve the problem constructively and unbureaucratically: We want to work together to raise awareness of the correct handling of lithium-ion batteries and have produced a simple innovative help package to send to sellers, producers and collection points. This will enable us to facilitate the proper and safe disposal of old electrical appliances with lithium-ion batteries in practice. VERE e.V. is raising €20,000 from its own funds and is also looking forward to further supporters.

Safe Disposal Of Lithium Batteries - How To

How to dispose of a lithium battery properly and safely?

  1. Discharging the battery: Discharge the lithium battery as far as possible before disposal. Use the device containing the battery until it switches off completely or the battery power is significantly reduced.

  2. Insulating the battery: Tape the terminals of the battery to prevent short circuits. This is particularly important if you are disposing of several batteries, if there are already several batteries in the collection container or if it is to be expected that more batteries will be placed in the collection container.

  3. Collection points & return options: Municipalities offer special collection points for old electrical appliances and batteries as well as mobile waste collection centres. Find out more at local waste management companies, electronics shops, DIY stores or recycling centres to find out whether there are collection containers for lithium batteries are available there.

  4. Electronics shops: Some electronics shops or producers also offer take-back systems. These shops can dispose of the batteries safely or hand them over to specialised recycling service providers.

  5. Recycling centres: In some regions, you can also dispose of lithium batteries at recycling centres.

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