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Environment, Health and Safety

Battery Recycling

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 students.

Alkaline Battery Recycling

Alkaline Battery Recycling Container

Place only alkaline or carbon zinc batteries in this container!

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 batteries.

Rechargeable or Sealed Lead Acid Battery Recycling

Rechargeable battery container

Rechargeable and sealed lead acid battery receptacle

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:

  • 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

Alkaline Battery Recycling Locations

North Campus

  • Center for the Arts, Room 142
  • Capen Hall, Oscar A. Sliverman Library - Circulation Desk
  • 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 Millard Fillmore 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

South Campus

  • 220 Winspear - EH&S Lobby
  • Goodyear Residence Hall Office
  • Harriman Hall, UB Card Office, Suite 104
  • Kapoor Hall, Room 298
  • Parker Hall, Room 232 (by secondary door)
  • Sherman Hall, Room 111

Facilities Customer Service (645-2025) picks up battery recycling pails when full.

Rechargeable/Lead Acid Recycling Locations

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

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.

Rechargeable Batteries

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!


Vehicle Batteries

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.