Batteries are found in numerous electronic devices, cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, computers, watches, cameras, etc. They come in many shapes and sizes but the most common are AAA, AA, C and D cells. Batteries may contain any of several heavy metals, including mercury, lead, nickel, zinc or cadmium. They may also include corrosive liquids (sulfuric acid) or reactive metals (lithium).
For this reason, batteries on the UVM campus should not be put in the regular trash or recycle bins. Batteries are collected in a cooperative effort between UVM Recycling and the Environmental Safety department.
Look for special collection buckets in the following locations:
In addition to the above locations, staff and faculty in other buildings can collect used batteries in a small cardboard box, bag, or other sturdy container. When the collection container is full, staff must complete a "Laboratory Waste" pickup tag in order for Environmental Safety staff to come and empty the box. This can be done on-line through Environmental Safety: visit http://esf.uvm.edu/tags_entry/ for details or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead acid car batteries should be returned to the automotive supply dealer when purchasing a new battery (usually for a deposit).