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Recycling Computers and Batteries

environmental health & safety

Computer Recycling

If you have computer equipment, BC owned phones, or other electronic devices that could contain data, contact your technology consultant (TC) to make arrangements for disposal. 

For electronic equipment that doesn't contain stored data (e.g. printers, docks, speakers), submit a work order. To do so, report the problem area as "Groundskeeping/Landscaping/Move Request," and the problem type as "Office/Equipment/Furniture Move Request."

Battery Recycling

WE NO LONGER ACCEPT ALKALINE BATTERIES (e.g. Duracell, Energizer, etc.)  They are not hazardous to the environment and can be disposed of through the regular trash system.  However, consider purchasing rechargeable AA and AAA batteries to reduce waste.

The types of batteries that can be recycled include:

  • Nickel metal hydride
  • Mercury
  • Lithium
  • Silver Oxide
  • Nickel cadmium
  • Magnesium
  • Lead acid/GelCel
  • All button batteries

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 mail rechargeable batteries through campus mail to EH&S, St. Clement's Hall
    • Please place tape at the ends of cylindrical batteries and on both sides of button batteries before sending them through campus mail.
    • Please do not send more than a few batteries in each envelope.

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.