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 What should I do with batteries when I am done with them?

Posted on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008

When you are finished with batteries you should recycle them. Batteries contain toxic metals that can enter the environment if not properly disposed of, posing a risk to both animals and humans. California became the first state in February 2006 to legally prohibit throwing away batteries and other items considered Universal Waste.

batteriesCampus residents: place used batteries and ink cartridges in the blue recycling receptacles at each residence hall's service desk.

Faculty and staff: send used batteries and ink cartridges to Facilities in an intercampus mail envelope.

Tags: Batteries, Office supplies

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  • Recycling: paper, plastic (#1-#7), glass, aluminum, tin. Look for BLUE.
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