Reminders on battery disposal and recycling

With fall “fall back” season upon us this weekend with the end of Daylight Savings Time, and all the reminders to check your smoke detector batteries, it seems the time is right for a reminder here on campuswide procedures for common battery disposal and recycling:

Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, A, C, D and 9 volt) should be discarded in the regular trash. Because some batteries might retain a residual charge, avoid disposing of large quantities of batteries together.

Button batteries should be placed side by side between two layers of tape and sent to Jill Fermanich, Business & Finance, via campus mail. These batteries look like coins and are found in watches, calculators, cameras and other small equipment. They need to be recycled through the state’s hazardous waste disposal contractor.

• The following rechargeable batteries should be placed in plastic bags and put in a Call2Recycle bin (this list includes most common rechargeable battery types):

Nickel cadmium (NiCD)
Nickel metal hydride (NiMH)
Lithium ion (L-ion)
Small (< 8 lbs.) sealed lead (Pb) batteries

Call2Recycle bins are located in these areas:

Cofrin Library 3rd floor
Operations office (IS 1204)
HVAC shop (IS 1067)
Grounds (PP102)
Environmental Health office (CL 823)

For disposal of other batteries or for disposal of any material for which you have questions, please call or email Jill Fermanich at ext. 2273 or

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