Missouri State University

Batteries

Waste batteries generated on campus generally fall into one of four categories: 

·        Lead acid batteries - primarily from vehicles and gas-powered machinery;   

·        Alkaline batteries/ non-rechargeable – used in cameras, radios, smoke detectors, etc; 

·        Button batteries – from watches, calculators, hearing aids, etc; and 

·        Rechargeable Batteries - commonly found in laptop computers, cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. They include the following types:  Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb).

Lead-acid batteries from vehicles can usually be returned to a dealer.  The Director of Environmental Management can be contacted for removal and disposal (6-8334). 

Alkaline batteries can generally be recycled through the Environmental Management. 

Most button and rechargeable batteries generated on-campus can be recycled through the Computer Recycling Center, Batteries Plus on South Campbell Street, or at any Radio Shack store.  Faculty and staff can deliver them for recycling themselves, or can make arrangements for pick up through the Director of Environmental Management.  A limited number of plastic waste battery accumulation boxes are available for those on-campus who periodically generate small waste batteries.  The boxes are about 5x6x2 inches and can be obtained by contacting the Director of Environmental Management. 

Additional information regarding recycling, including recycling site locations, can be found on the Springfield Public Works recycling information website.