Eaton recommends you recycle old UPS systems and batteries
to support a cleaner, more sustainable environment.
You can bring your battery to your nearest Batteries Plus location. They will recycle any battery.
You can follow this link to find the nearest Batteries Plus location:
You can go to Earth911.com to find where you can recycle batteries in your area:
On the Earth911.com site you will find nearby locations for many national chains including:
- Best Buy
- Office Depot
- Advanced Auto
- Firestone Complete Auto Care
- Home Depot
Or you can ship your old UPS systems and batteries to the nearest Fortune Metal location listed below, and we'll ensure they'll be properly recycled. Please review our shipping instructions below.
Fortune Metal Facility Contact Name Phone Number Shipping Address MIDWEST Fortune Metal Midwest, LLC Brian Matza 815-786-3067 1212 East 6th Street
Sandwich, IL 60548
Fortune Plastic & Metal Texas, LLC Alex Sun 214-943-7011 3333 East Kiest Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75203
SOUTH Fortune Nanjing Jinze (USA) Inc. Nitzy Montanez 540-371-0588 4950 Quality Drive
Fredericksburg, VA. 22408
EAST Fortune Metal, Inc. of RI Dennis Dossantos 401-725-9100 2 Crow Point Road
Lincoln, RI 02865
Fortune Metal Recycling, Inc. Simon Wong 732-381-3355 900 Leesville Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065
Fortune Metal, Inc. Danny Lau 718-389-3000 239 India Street
Brooklyn, NJ 12222
Fortune Metal Midwest, LLC Mark Matza 770-892-1355 6970 Johneboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
MOUNTAIN STATES Fortune Metal Midwest, LLC Chris Matza 303-307-1569 13105 E. 38th Avenue Unit 4
Fortune Plastic & Metal Texas, LLC Jose Guadalupe 915-791-0007 1119 Pendale Road
El Paso, TX 79907
Fortune Metal Midwest, LLC Chris Matza 602-272-0917 1010 N. 22nd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
WEST Fortune Metal, Inc. Mary Harris 661-387-1100 19421 Quinn Road
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Fortune Metal, Inc. Gary Kuang 562-320-6676 12234 Florence Avenue
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Lithium Battery Disposal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate the disposal of batteries in small quantities. Lithium batteries are currently disposed of after their use, because manufacturers are not currently collecting them for recycling. While there are no federal regulations for disposal of lithium batteries, individual states or localities can/may establish their own guidelines for battery disposal.
Please follow any/all local, county, regional or state guidelines for the disposal of lithium batteries.
Batteries should be in a discharged condition prior to their disposal. Please tape over the contacts with electrical tape to prevent contacts from accidentally coming together in any way.
Common Questions and Answers
Does your recycling program cover only Eaton UPS systems and batteries?
No. We work with UPS systems and batteries from all manufacturers.
Can you provide specific shipping instructions?
If you must ship your UPS or battery to be recycled, here are some general guidelines.
- If possible, ship the UPS system or battery using its original packaging.
- If the original packaging is no longer available, have a FedEx or UPS professional package the product for you.
- If you pack the UPS system or battery yourself, make sure that the unit is protected against damage during shipment. Select a sturdy, crush-resistant shipping container, such as a heavy-duty corrugated carton. Use plastic bubble wrap and crumpled newspaper to ensure a snug fit inside the box. The UPS is properly packaged if it does not move when the box is shaken. Do not use Styrofoam packing beads.
- If shipping a UPS, make sure the internal batteries are secure inside the unit.
- If shipping an external battery or battery pack, make sure the loose battery terminals are taped.
Do you have safety guidelines for handling UPS systems and batteries?
Yes. Do not open your UPS for any reason except for battery replacement via the battery access panel. Batteries can present a risk of electrical shock and burns from high short-circuit currents. Observe proper precautions. Do not dispose of the batteries in a fire. Do not short or bridge the battery terminals with any object. Unplug and turn off the UPS before performing battery replacement. Use tools with insulated handles.
Would it be cheaper to just replace one or two of the batteries if my UPS has several batteries in it?
No. Multiple batteries in a UPS normally age and lose capacity at the same rate. While it may cost less money to replace just one battery, for practical purposes, the UPS will operate only as well as its worst battery allows. A new battery's operation will be compromised by the old battery's depleted capacity.
I have an external battery also connected to my UPS, can I replace the internal batteries and keep the external battery pack connected.
No. If you need to replace the internal batteries, replace the external battery pack or disconnect it and recycle it. For practical purposes, the UPS will operate only as well as its worst battery in the UPS suite. A new internal battery cartridge will be compromised by the old external battery pack's depleted capacity.