As part of the University at Buffalo’s overall commitment to environmental stewardship, Environment Health & Safety 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 students.
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.
Batteries used in vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles and heavy equipment will not be collected under this program.
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.
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:
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).
You can request an alkaline battery pickup by placing a work order with University Facilities.
Pro tip: when you submit your request, be sure to ask for a replacement pail.