Recycle and Reuse

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Faculty and staff can request recycle and reuse services to support the effective stewardship of our campus resources.

Service Hours

Customer Service Office

Days Hours
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

It is illegal to remove equipment or furniture without the proper forms on file.

Recycle and Reuse — Billable and Nonbillable

Use examples of service and maintenance costs to guide your decisions. Your situation may vary from the usual. 

Recyle and Reuse

Recyle and Reuse — Service Examples
Billable Services Non-billable Services*
[None] Advertising usable items for UB staff on UB SWAP
  Confidential bulk shredding
  Picking up scrap and surplus items as requested
  Providing large recycling containers during moving or cleaning
  Recycling batteries
  Recycling beverage containers or specialty items

* Some units are not eligible for the non-billable rate. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact University Facilities, Finance and Administration.

Scrap or UB SWAP

Over time, items around the university can no longer be used. Scrap or surplus items will not be picked up until all necessary paperwork is received.

  • Scrap an item in poor or scrap condition and if it is no longer of any use to any department.
  • Surplus an item in fair or good condition if it can be used by another department.
  • Use UB SWAP as an alternative way to redistribute equipment and supplies to colleagues on campus.

Paper Recycling

The following paper waste is recyclable at UB. Paper waste contaminated with food, chemical or biological waste is not recyclable.

  • Office paper (with or without staples)
  • Envelopes (with or without plastic windows)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Phone directories
  • Post-it notes
  • Cardboard (break down boxes and placing them along side your recycling can)

Battery Recycling

Battery Recycling Receptacles

Battery recycling receptacles are intended for intact and non-leaking alkaline and universal waste batteries only.

Do not place vehicle batteries, trash, gloves, paper, toner cartridges, chemicals, plastic (other than plastic bags containing batteries) in the receptacles.

Vehicle Battery Recycling

Batteries used in vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles and heavy equipment will not be collected under this program.

Alkaline Battery Recycling

The majority of batteries generated at the UB are of the alkaline type. They may carry brand names such as Duracell or Energizer. Battery recycling pails are provided at various campus locations to recycle your AAA, AA, C, D and 9 Volt alkaline or carbon zinc batteries.

Recycle alkaline batteries in receptacles placed at the following campus locations.

North Campus
  • Center for the Arts, Room 142
  • 1Capen
  • Cooke Hall, Room 354
  • Crofts Hall, first floor by lobby entrance door
  • Davis Hall, Electrical Engineering, Room 230S 
  • Ellicott Complex & Governors Residence Hall Offices
  • Ellicott Complex, 165 Academic Center
  • Ellicott Complex, 146 Fargo Quad, Campus Dining and Shops (CDS)
  • Fronczak Hall, CAS Instrument Shop, Room 239
  • Lockwood Library Circulation Desk
  • Student Union Lobby Information Desk
  • 119 Jacobs Management Center Mailroom
South Campus
  • 1 Diefendorf Hall
  • 220 Winspear - EH&S Lobby
  • Goodyear Residence Hall Office
  • Pharmacy Buidling, Room 298
  • Parker Hall, Room 232 (by secondary door)
  • Sherman Hall, Room 123A
Downtown Campus
  • Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) Front Desk
  • 955 Main Street Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry Stockroom Room 1134

Rechargeable or Sealed Lead Acid Battery Recycling

Many batteries contain toxic and hazardous materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium, silver and sulfuric acid. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has designated these as universal wastes rather than hazardous wastes with the goal of promoting recycling. Although not hazardous wastes, these batteries must still be managed in an environmentally correct manner.

Universal wastes cannot be placed in the regular trash. Designated boxes areprovided for recycling. Rechargeable batteries must be placed separately in a provided plastic bag. Do not place alkaline or carbon zinc batteries in the designated boxes.

Universal waste batteries include:

  • Nickel cadmium (NiCad); found in cell phones, portable instruments, and lap top computers
  • Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); found in cell phones, portable instruments, and lap top computers
  • Lithium ion
  • Mercury
  • Silver button
  • Sealed lead acid; commonly used for battery backup applications

Recycle rechargeable or lead acid batteries in receptacles placed at the following campus locations. You may also recycle at local area stores that provide battery recycling service (Best Buy, The Home Depot or Lowe's).

North Campus
  • Student Union Information Desk
South Campus
  • 111 Sherman Hall
  • 220 Winspear Ave, EH&S Lobby

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  • Call Customer Service at 716-645-2025

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