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Recycling Computers and Batteries

environmental health & safety


Please note:  The BC Warehouse is currently unable to accept electronic waste and batteries due to its relocation.  Please hold off on all work ticket requests until after November 15.  

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. monitors, printers, docks, speakers), submit a work order. Create a ticket in the work order system to have unwanted electronics moved to the warehouse for disposal. 

Our vendor deconstructs equipment and recycles all components possible.   


Battery Recycling

Due to the cost of disposal to the University, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT ALKALINE BATTERIES (e.g. Duracell, Energizer, etc.) for disposal.  They are not hazardous to the environment and can be disposed of through the regular trash system.  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

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety, along with the Office of Sustainability, will have periodic "Battery Drop-off Days" at certain events throughout the year.  Save your batteries until those dates and we will take them for disposal.

Note:  Battery Storage

Certain batteries can "short" or catch fire when they make contact with each other or with metals.  Tape the contacts (bumps) on 9-volt batteries and Lithium-ion batteries.  You can also store button batteries safely by laying them on a piece of tape and covering them with another.  Store your batteries in a plastic bag or small box until Battery Drop-off days.

The next Battery Drop-off Day will be at the end of the semester. Ties and locations will be announced.