Environmental health and safety office

BATTERIES

 


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the University of Minnesota DEHS prohibit the disposal of waste batteries in the trash. Batteries must be disposed of as either hazardous waste or industrial solid waste.

Dry Cell and Button Batteries

All batteries require special collection and processing because of their heavy metal content. Alkaline and carbon zinc batteries from businesses are not allowed to go into solid waste streams which will be incinerated.

If you have any questions about battery collection or battery pick-up, or To request a waste battery collection container, please call the UMD Environmental Health and Safety Office at  726-6764, or email akimball@d.umn.edu,

The container comes labeled with instructions.  Batteries Collection containers are emptied once a month. A copy of the battery container label is included here if you need one.  If you are not using one of the pre-labeled containers, attach a copy of this label to the container you are using.

If you know the specific type of batteries you are collecting, use that information to complete the waste packing form and send your batteries as hazardous waste. For mixed batteries, use the "mixed dry cell batteries" information to complete the form:

DDC CAS COMPOUND NAME EPA#
05SO UOFM1637A ALKALINE BATTERIES NONE
09WS UOFM1692A LITHIUM BATTERIES D003
18SP UOFM1569A MERCURY OXIDE BATTERIES D009
18HM UOFM1593A SILVER OXIDE BATTERIES D011
18HM UOFM1585A NICKEL-CADMIUM BATTERIES D006
18HM UOFM2220A LEAD ACID GEL CELL BATT. NONE
05SO UOFM1638A ZINC-CARBON BATTERIES NONE
05SO UOFM1584A MIXED DRY CELL BATTERIES D0

Lead Acid Batteries

Lead-acid batteries (automotive batteries) must be stored in a curbed, impermeable-surface storage area. Secondary containment trays are available through University Stores, (612) 624-4878, part no. CX18999. Prior to collection by the Chemical Waste Program, these batteries should be individually packaged upright in a sturdy plastic-lined box.

Use the following codes for lead acid batteries on the waste packing form:

DDC CAS COMPOUND NAME EPA#
18HM UOFM2220A LEAD ACID BATTERIES NONE