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Unread postAuthor: Zen/// » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:48 am

I usually shoot AA battery's out of my copper burst disk gun at a phone book, but some of the battery's started leaking, is this hazardous in anyway?
How do I dispose of them?

One started getting really hot :shock: so i put it in a bucket of water.
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Unread postAuthor: mega_swordman » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:02 am

I am looking up on it. My research so far has found these interesting bits of information:
Don't recharge them, expose them to high heat, subject them to strong impact, or get them wet. They could explode.

and
Dispose of a battery that feels hot, changes color or shape, or emits an odor.


Edit: This link on Duracell batteriescan inform you on the dangers of leaking batteries on the body
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:03 am

It's not good for you, or the environment.

Disposing of leaky batteries is a matter of googling to find recommended procedures - they leak naturally every now and then.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:25 am

What do you do with the contaminated phone books when your done?
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Unread postAuthor: Lftndbt » Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:22 pm

Just double wrap them in plastic....
Then dispose in garbage... Preferably in the hard waste...
(In Aus we have a pick up twice a year)
If your really worried, wrap RED duct tape in a big cross around the package... Universally the sign for "not so good, open with care"...

I'm not sure about world wide but as a general.... Even some items such as batteries, smoke alarms (radioactive units in them) can be disposed of in the garbage but only in small amounts... This is Aus only for sure...


How I know this- Customers constantly leave batts, fluoro's, smoke alarms etc with me (Like I want them or something. :) ) when they buy new ones.
I was worried about throwing so many at a time in the rubbish...
Apparently in "small" amounts your allowed to throw it in normal waste...
(I didn't really like that response though... Oh well I guess it's safe where it goes...??)
I'm fairly sure all waste, gets scanned for nasty bio etc material's.
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Unread postAuthor: Eddbot » Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:27 pm

i think they made a law in California that you can't throw batteries away, you have to take them to a special disposal place, but who's gonna know if you throw a leaking AA in the garbage?
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Unread postAuthor: Zen/// » Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:31 pm

Thanks guys, I found out that at my co-op they have a bin for disposing battery's.
the phone book had no acid/stuff on it.
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