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Do not throw the battery in the garbage. A lithium battery is considered hazardous waste. It should not be discarded in a dumpster or in a garbage bin in your home. A swollen battery is an environmental hazard and dangerous to sanitation workers. Take the battery to a local electronic waste center. Search online for electronic waste centers in your area. These are centers that can safely dispose of hazardous electronic wastes
including swollen batteries. If youre struggling to find an e-waste center online
contact your citys hazardous materials disposal center for guidance. Check with an electronic repair or supply store. If you cant find an e-waste center
check with a computer repair or supply store. Apple stores and outlets like Best Buy often encounter faulty materials at work. They may have safe means for disposing swollen batteries at their facilities. Remove the battery
if possible. If your battery is removable
carefully take the swollen battery out of your cellphone. Make sure to handle the battery very gently and slowly to avoid puncturing it
which could be a safety risk. You may want to wear gloves or goggles for extra precaution when handling the battery.Have the battery removed by professionals if you encounter resistance. If the swollen battery does not come out easily
stop what you are doing. Take your cellphone to a local repair shop or electronics supply store
such as Best Buy
to have it removed by professionals. Trying to force out a swollen battery thats stuck in an electronic device can cause the battery to become punctured
which is a serious safety hazard. You should also take the battery to professionals if it is not removable or if you dont know how to remove it.Place the battery in a cool container. As soon as you remove the battery
place it in a cool container and cover it. This will keep the battery from puncturing as you transport it to the proper disposal center. Contact professionals if you suspect a punctured battery. If you puncture your battery while removing it
or notice any discharge that may indicate a puncture
call professionals right away. Call somewhere like a Best Buy or Apple Store for guidance. Punctured batteries can explode and cause fire hazards
so they should not be handled without professional help. Do not attempt to charge a swollen battery. If you notice your battery is swollen
unplug your device if its plugged in and immediately remove the battery. You should never charge a swollen battery as this could result in an explosion. Do not recycle swollen batteries. Many areas have electronic recycling centers that accept old electronic supplies for recycling. While you may prefer to recycle your waste
unfortunately swollen batteries are not safe to recycle as they cannot be reused. Handle swollen batteries with great care. Be extremely cautious when handling swollen batteries. Never handle batteries with sharp objects
as you risk puncturing the batteries. Never try to force a swollen battery out of a device if its stuck. If youre unsure how to remove a swollen battery
err on the side of caution and seek help from a professional.