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Environmental Health and Safety

Campus Battery Recycling

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Batteries are used for a wide range of purposes throughout the campus (scientific and industrial instruments, laptops, cordless tools, vehicles, emergency lighting, back-up power supplies, mp3 players, cameras, cell phones, etc.) Most batteries (especially rechargeable batteries) contain a variety of hazardous materials which must be disposed of/recycled appropriately and not sent to the landfill. All batteries collected from the campus are recycled responsibly per Department of Ecology and EPA standards. Virtually all types of batteries (lead-acid, sealed lead, gel cell, button cell, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-ion, alkaline, zinc-carbon, Ni-Zn, lithium, etc.) are accepted. It is recommended that spent automotive/motorcycle battery cores be returned to the retailer when purchasing a new battery. Excluding returned cores, CWU recycles over 3000 pounds of batteries per year.

A number of campus locations have been designated as drop-off points with labeled receptacles for batteries (SURC information booth, Library Fishbowl, Science I Lobby).

Departments may also accumulate batteries at their location and contact Facilities at 3000 or submit a work order at to arrange for a pick-up when needed.

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