Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries used in flashlights, radios, pencil sharpeners, etc. can be safely disposed in the regular trash.
All other batteries, however, should be collected for recycling. Any non-alkaline/carbon-zinc batteries must be recycled or disposed of as hazardous waste. Please contact Robert Clay, Hazardous Materials Officer at 681-5497 or Clayr2@lincolnu.edu for recycle or disposal of these materials.
Examples of batteries that fall in the non-alkaline/carbon-zinc category are:
Mercury Oxide Battery
Mercury-oxide: Batteries used in cameras, calculators, instrumentation, etc. Mercury oxide batteries may be button style or may sometimes look like general-purpose batteries.
Lithium: Also found in button or general purpose format.
Nickel-Cadmium: Rechargeable batteries such as for cell phones and computers. These are also found in button or general purpose format.
Lead Acid Battery
Lead-Acid Batteries: This type is typically the wet cell car battery but may include gel batteries in various shapes.
Unbroken automobile-style lead-acid batteries should be given to Buildings and Grounds for recycle. If Buildings & Grounds is not available these types of batteries should be returned to an automotive store that accepts used batteries. Most automotive stores give a credit for them. Any broken automobile-style lead-acid batteries should be given to the Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer.