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Battery Disposal

Used batteries can be considered hazardous waste. Toxic heavy metals and corrosive properties make them unsuitable for disposal in the general trash. Used batteries generated on campus are collected by the EHS for proper recycling.

Typical battery uses

Cell phones, pagers, cameras, computers, flashlights, power tools, research equipment, monitoring devices, health monitors, lanterns, burglar alarms, emergency lights, automobiles, and heavy equipment are all typical battery uses.

Types of batteries used or recycled here at OSU

  • Alkaline
  • Lithium
  • Nickel/Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Mercury and Silver Oxide
  • Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad)
  • Lithium-Ion
  • Lead Sulfuric Acid

How to properly recycle batteries

  1. Tape each battery terminal with non-conductive tape or place each battery in a sealed clear bag. Take care not to cover the battery type name since each battery will be segregated by the type prior to recycling.
  2. Store in a plastic container or card board box, to prevent sparking. Label the container “Used Batteries for Recycling”.
  3. Submit an online chemical and material removal request form found here.
  4. See Battery Disposal Guide
  5. Contact EHS to handle any leaking or unsafe batteries.