environmental health & safety
If you have computer equipment, BC owned phones, or other electronic devices that could contain data, contact your TC to make arrangements for disposal.
For electronic equipment that doesn't contain stored data (e.g. printers, docks, speakers), submit a work order requesting that Grounds move the equipment to the electronics collection area at the Warehouse.
More than 350 million rechargeable batteries are purchased annually in the United States to power devices such as cellular phones and laptops. While the toxic heavy metals contained within batteries pose no real risk while properly in use, they can be of concern when discarded with ordinary solid waste.
To help prevent the release of these toxic materials into the environment, the Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act was passed. The Act encourages the recycling of batteries and phasing out the use of mercury in batteries. In accordance with the Act, EHS at Boston College will collect rechargeable and metal-containing batteries used on campus for proper management and disposal to an offsite recycling facility.
There has been a change to our battery recycling program. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT ALKALINE BATTERIES (e.g. Duracell, Energizer, etc.) It is cost prohibitive to recycle these and they are not hazardous to the environment. However, consider purchasing rechargeable AA and AAA batteries to power those devices.
Batteries can be dropped off at the following locations:
- O'Neill Library, Level 2, adjacent to the elevators
- St. Clement's Hall, Room 214
- Stuart Hall
- Battery recycling boxes located in most residence hall laundry rooms
You can also send rechangeable batteries through campus mail to EHS, St. Clements Hall. PLEASE TAPE BATTERY TERMINALS (ends of cylindrical batteries or both sides of buttons) BEFORE SENDING THROUGH CAMPUS MAIL. Do not send more than a few in each envelope.
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Any questions or comments about this program can be directed to:
Gail Hall, Director
Environmental Health & Safety
For more information on the Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act, visit the EPA's web site, or call the EPA RCRA Hotline for general questions on battery recycling: 1-800-424-9346.