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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.). As a component of the ca mpus hazardous material management program , the Environmental Health and Safety office (EHS) coordinates a process of battery recycling. 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 Dep artment of Ecology and EPA standards. Virtually a ll 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. I t is recommended that spent automotive/motorcycle battery core s be returned to the retailer when purchasing a new battery. Excluding returned cores, CWU r ecycles 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 Building lobby).

Departments may also accumulate batteries at their locatio n and c ontact EHS at 2252 or 2338 to arrange for a pick - up when needed . Feel fre e to contact EHS with questions.

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