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Specialized Recycling Collection BinBattery recycling at UNC-Chapel Hill can include many types of batteries, primarily automotive batteries or those used in personal items, such as flashlights, remotes or personal electronics. Auto batteries are recycled through the University’s service stations when a vehicle is serviced for repairs or regular maintenance.

Non-automotive batteries include the A, AA, AAA, C, and D type and “NiCad” batteries – those used in cell phones. All these batteries can be recycled. Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) has a environmental specialist who can help to recycle all these batteries. Recent Department of Transportation regulations require all batteries to have their ends or terminals taped or capped prior to transport. Separate them out by type and keep the lid closed unless you are adding batteries.

NiCad, alkaline, and cell phone batteries may be recycled at the Student Union. Battery recycling bins are located in the main lobby (next to Alpine Bagel) and in the basement study area.

You may request a pickup or set up collection containers online if you are registered with EHS for chemical pickups. If you are not registered with EHS, visit the EHS hazardous material pickup website and follow these instructions:

  1. Enter the user information towards the top.
  2. For Contents: check “solid.”
  3. Where there is a space for Chemical: enter Batteries and 100 in the percent box next to it, fill in the Container Size, Type and Weight sections as well as the number of containers.
  4. In the Notes section enter “please bring a replacement container.”
  5. Click Submit.
Residence halls should have battery recycling containers in their area offices for residents. There are battery recycling bins located in the Student Union as well. Residence Hall office staff should call EHS at 919-962-5507 when their battery bin is full or if one is not present.