As part of the University at Buffalo’s overall commitment
to environmental stewardship, EH&S administers a program to
collect and recycle various types of batteries that are generated
on campus. This service is restricted to UB faculty, staff and
The vast majority of batteries generated at the University at
Buffalo are of the alkaline type. They may carry brand names such
as Duracell or Energizer. EH&S has provided battery recycling
receptacle pails (shown below) at various campus locations to
recycle your AAA, AA, C, D and 9 Volt alkaline or carbon zinc
Many batteries contain toxic and hazardous materials such as
mercury, lead, cadmium, silver, and sulfuric acid. The US EPA 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. They cannot be placed in the regular trash.
Examples of Universal Waste batteries collected and recycled include:
Facilities Customer Service (645-2025) picks up battery recycling pails when full.
Alternatively, you may recycle these type of batteries at one of the local area stores that provide this service (Best Buy, The Home Depot, Sears, etc.).
Battery recycling receptacles are intended to be used for intact and non leaking batteries only. Trash, gloves, paper, plastic (other than plastic bags containing batteries), toner cartridges, chemicals, etc. are not to be placed in them.
If you have a non intact or leaking battery please contact the EH&S office at 829-3301 for further assistance.
These type of batteries are collected in special boxes designated for Universal Waste (as shown above) and must be placed separately in a provided plastic baggie. Do NOT place alkaline or carbon zinc batteries in these boxes!
Batteries used in vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles and heavy equipment will not be collected under this program but are managed separately.
Contact UB EHS are 829-3301 for further information.