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How should I dispose of used batteries?

There are two main categories of batteries; rechargeable and non-rechargeable and six different types found commonly at Penn State. Listed below are the proper disposal procedures for each category and type.

RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES:

Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) Batteries: Typically used in beepers, two-way radios, laptop computers, cellular phones, camcorders and some medical equipment. These batteries contain cadmium, a heavy metal that is considered hazardous. They must be disposed of through the EHS department for recycling.

Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries: Typically used in beepers, two-way radios, laptop computers, cellular phones, camcorders and some medical equipment. They must be disposed of through the EHS department for recycling

Lead Acid Batteries: Typically used in UPS battery backup systems and motorized vehicles such as cars, golf carts. These batteries are also used in some older cellular phones and camcorders. These batteries contain lead that is considered hazardous. They must be disposed of through the EHS department for recycling.

Lithium Ion Batteries: Typically used in photographic equipment, cellular phones, and laptop computers. They must be disposed of through the EHS department for recycling.

NON-RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES:

Household (Alkaline) Batteries: Typically used to power radios, flash lights, and most office equipment. These batteries do not contain hazardous substances and should be recycled. To find the nearest campus recycling location please contact the OPP Recycling Coordinator at 814-863-4719.

Dry-Cell Batteries: Typically include alkaline, carbon zinc (9-volt, D, C, AA, AAA), mercuric-oxide (button, some cylindrical and rectangular), and silver-oxide and zinc-air (button). Most small, round "button-cell" type batteries are found in items such as watches and hearing aids and contain mercury, silver, cadmium, lithium, or other heavy metals as their main component. These batteries are considered hazardous and must be disposed of through the EHS department as hazardous waste.


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