Question How can I keep a swollen battery safe without sand?

Myronazz

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Hi!

My old Sony phone had its battery swell itself out of the case (yikes) and I've been trying to find safe ways to dispose of it to no luck. How can I keep it safe while I keep looking? I dont have any sand, but is there a similar material that would work? For example, I have Semollina flour which is pretty coarse and similar to sand in feel and texture.

So far, I have tried...

Going to a local recycling place my council sent me to — only to arrive there to a sign which said that I'd get arrested if I enter the premises. Yeah go figure.

Sony — who sent me to a local service center for Xperia devices

The local service centre — who sent me back to Sony cause they couldn't help

Sony again — who was lost as to what to do in the matter and arranged a call for a manager to speak to me

Random independent repair phone shops — which refused to do it (Weird... don't they get swollen stuff in???)

Random recycling companies — who could help only if I was a company

A household waste place — which requires a car that I don't have

Wtf...? Based on this experience coming from an obvious lack of need for such a service, I'm assuming people throw batteries out in random places, which I won't do for obvious reasons. I'll pressure Sony to help me next time they call.

In the meanwhile, how can I keep the battery safe? It's pretty hot outside now that its summer so if I take it out it might actually explode.
 
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