Battery Recycling

Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals, toxic to the environment.  Other batteries contain enough acid to be considered Hazardous Waste.  However, the campus chooses to recycle them, rather than dispose of these batteries.  Recycling the batteries makes them “universal waste” rather than “hazardous waste."  

  • Regular “household” or alkaline/carbon zinc batteries are made without heavy metals like mercury and lead and may be thrown away in the regular trash, however, we are now able to collect these batteries for recycling. Please tape off both ends of the batteries and place them in a box marked "batteries for recycling." When the box is full, you may contact EHS for pick up.
  • Car batteries are lead acid batteries and are returned to the manufacturer.  A collection pallet with secondary containment is located in the Clark Garage for campus vehicles and deep cycle batteries. 
  • Emergency light batteries and Simplex system back-up batteries are "small sealed lead acid batteries."  The collection point for these is the electrician's shop in Clark B in the 55 gallon drum.
  • Nickel-Cadmium, Metal Hydride, Lithium-ion, button batteries and all other types of types of batteries are to be recycled.  EHS maintains 7 locations on campus where you may deposit rechargeable batteries for recycling.  For students and staff alike, the locations are:  
    • Bailey, Geology Department
    • Clark A, entrance to Central Stores, Facilities area
    • Clark B, electrician’s workshop
    • ISC 234, Physics
    • ISC 332, Biology
    • MacVittie College Union, mail room
    • Milne, by room 222 (turn right immediately after entering)
    • Newton 116, CIT shop
    • Sturges 204, Residence Life office


Batteries to be recycled cannot be left outdoors.  Batteries that have cracked or are leaking must be managed as hazardous waste.  Call x5518 for more information.