How To Dispose Of Your UPS System?

Are you looking for all the possible solutions that can help you to dispose of your UPS system immediately and more effectively? Let’s discuss it in detail.

UPS Batteries

Many of the batteries used in UPS devices are lead-acid, the same technology used in a car battery, but most of the things you’ve read about are used here. Batteries are secured, and as long as the seal is intact, the greatest danger—inward reaction to sulfuric acid—is negligible. Strike it, though, with the deformation used by most garbage trucks, and you face the risk of giving somebody an acid bath.

How Lead Is Dangerous?

And if the acid was not a matter of interest, though, you wouldn’t want to simply drop the battery into the nearby public waste system. Lead is a potent poison with both acute and chronic effects, so it needs to be carefully disposed of. This also refers to cadmium, which is an element in the main substitute to lead-acid batteries, the Ni-Cd. So, no matter what sort of UPS you have, the contents of your battery are poisonous. Try not to eat, and don’t just throw it in the garbage.

Because they have hazardous additives, the disposal of UPS systems and batteries is controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency. The laws there are abundant in bureaucracy (for example, “Batteries, as described in Sec. 273.9, that are not yet wastes under part 261 of this chapter, including those that do not meet the criteria for waste generation in paragraph (c) of this section.”), but the EPA has also provided some human-readable guidance. The federals are not the only ones with restrictions; most states and a number of jurisdictions have their own laws regulating the treatment of waste material. The final consequence of this Legislation is that manufacturers of batteries with hazardous waste are responsible for recycling them until they are no longer in use.

Remember that it is “recycled,” and not “disposed of.” The regulations mandate that the UPS systems and batteries be recycled, and several large manufactures have joined together to create a non-profit corporation that purchases the batteries and ships them to a single recycling stream; the vast majority of the lead and cadmium collected from the batteries end up in other batteries. Many organizations have their own systems in order to restore used batteries to them.

If the manufacturer is not so generous, you might still be fortunate, as the above-mentioned non-profit still helps to raise batteries from customers. A visit to its homepage will encourage you to enter a zip code and find a drop-off location for the battery. A similar resource is also recommended by the EPA.

If that’s too much effort, the state will make life even better. In New York, for example, any place selling batteries is required by statute to allow them. As a result, the battery can be moved to any office supplies, home maintenance store, or pharmacy store.

In short, your UPS system and battery contains hazardous ingredients; while they do not pose a danger as long as the battery is safe, it is unethical to dispose them off in the garbage. Luckily, you have a lot of ways to get out of it easily and with the assurance that hazardous materials can be recycled.

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