Hoverboards captured the American imagination more than 40 years ago.
The reality hasn’t quite lived up to our expectations, however. Numerous stories of hoverboards catching fire have spread across the news. This has often been due to the overcharging of the boards’ lithium ion batteries. Still, concerns for safety abound.
But one topic is only now beginning to surface. How do you recycle a hoverboard?
On March 30th, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) issued some guidance on the proper disposal of hoverboards. First and foremost, NWRA says don’t place them in your recycle or trash bins!
Here’s what they do suggest.
Contact a local electronics recycling center, if one is available in your area, as the lithium-ion batteries hoverboards use are similar to those found in laptop computers. If you don’t have access to a local electronics recycler, contact your local waste services provider, municipal or county waste service, and ask if the boards can be dropped off at the same locations where those companies and local governments accept other products with lithium-ion batteries.
“A core focus of NWRA and its member companies is to educate consumers on what household items can properly be recycled,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and chief executive officer of NWRA. “Hoverboards, like other electronics, most batteries, and household hazardous waste items, require special handling, and they should not be placed in recycling or trash bins.”
Call2Recycle, a non-profit organization not affiliated with NWRA, offers resources to consumers in both the United States and Canada who want to k now how to properly recycle the lithium-ion batteries that power these fun yet controversial products.
Carl E. Smith, CEO & President of Call2Recycle, Inc. says “our organization has worked closely with the public and private sectors to find solutions for the responsible and safe disposal of spent batteries. In the case of damaged batteries from hoverboards, there are special requirements set forth by national authorities in the U.S. and Canada for the handling of damaged and/or defective lithium-based batteries so we encourage consumers to get informed about how to dispose of them.”
So if you insist of buying a hoverboard and satisfying that craving for having future tech now, be safe and recycle safely.