Program Overview

The expanded version of the Auburn University Battery Recycling Program began as a project of the Peers Network.   After conducting sustainability assessments within their units, the Peers Ambassadors all wanted to find a more sustainable way to deal with the volume of batteries consumed during the course of university operations.  It didn’t take long to develop a solution, as Risk Management & Safety (RMS) had representation within the Peers Network, the Ambassadors stepped up to lead efforts in their units, and the Office of Sustainability had staff to help with the operational piece of expanding battery collection.

The expanded Battery Recycling Program officially launched in January 2019.  Every three weeks, student staff from the Office of Sustainability exchange empty bins for those with batteries.  They then bring the bins back to Langdon Annex for processing — where they weigh the batteries from each building, record the weight, and then consolidate them into as few buckets as possible.  The staff from the Office of Sustainability then takes the batteries to RMS’ Environmental Health & Safety Building, where the batteries collected by the Office of Sustainability are combined with those collected by RMS staff.  At the RMS facility, the two units work together to sort the batteries by type and package them for shipment, and then RMS staff ships the batteries off for recycling to various vendors, depending on the battery type.

We encourage all Auburn University faculty, staff, and resident students to participate in the program.  Below you’ll find details on accepted materials, bin locations, and who to contact with questions, concerns, or emergencies.  Your active and informed participation in the program makes a noticeable difference, as the program was able to collect over 2,300 pounds of batteries during the spring 2019 semester!

Accepted Materials

The following types of batteries may be placed in the designated battery recycling bins.  The images below have been provided solely for reference, so keep in mind the battery you have may vary in appearance.  For battery types not listed below, please contact Risk Management & Safety at 334-740-1267.

Regardless of battery type, batteries should NOT come in contact with any liquids.  Should a fire occur call 911 and ONLY use a fire extinguisher to handle the emergency.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to costs associated with recycling, only batteries used in the course of university operations and those produced by resident students should be placed into the bins.  If you would like to recycle personal batteries and live in the City of Auburn, you may do so at the RecycleAuburn center located at 365-A North Donahue Drive.

Alkaline

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Photo of an alkaline battery Photo of an alkaline battery

 

Carbon Zinc

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Photo of a carbon zinc battery. Photo of a carbon zinc battery. Photo of a carbon zinc battery.

 

Lead/Lead Acid

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Lithium Ion

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Photo of a lithium ion battery. Photo of a lithium ion battery.

 

Nickel Cadmium

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Photo of a nickel cadmium battery. Photo of a nickel cadmium battery.

 

Nickel Metal Hydride

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Photo of a nickel metal hydride battery. Photo of a nickel metal hydride battery. Photo of a nickel metal hydride battery.

Bin Locations

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BuildingRoom/Area
3D Arts BuildingAsk Brian
AU Hotel & Dixon Conference CenterOperations Office
Bailey HospitalOutside Room 0405C
Biggin HallRoom 108
Broun HallNear Loading Dock
Burton HallLobby Desk
Cater HallRoom 111
College of Veterinary MedicineOIT Office
ColiseumScore Office - Room 1120
Corley BuildingRoom 200
Crop Improvement Association BuildingNeed to Ask
Davis HallRoom 212
Dudley HallRoom 221
EW Shell Fisheries CenterBreak Room
Equine Research Lab BuildingMain Room
Facilities Management ComplexStock Room
Forestry & Wildlife Sciences BuildingFirst Floor Recycling Room
Foy HallInternational Programs Welcome Desk
Funchess Hall330 Warner Lab
Greene HallOutside Room 150
Greene HallRoom 262D
Haley CenterFirst Floor Mailroom
Hoerlein HallOutside Room 579
Ingram HallRoom 011
Langdon AnnexRoom 200
Langdon HallRegistrar's Office Breakroom
Lowder HallRoom 016
Lowder HallRoom 146
Lowder HallRoom 303F
Medical ClinicNeed to Ask
Mell Classroom BuildingInformation Desk
MW Smith HallMuseum of Natural History Offices
OIT BuildingFirst Floor Break Room
OIT BuildingSecond Floor Break Room
OIT BuildingThird Floor Break Room
RBD Library1022 Mailroom
RBD LibraryFirst Floor Circulation Desk
Recreation & Wellness CenterAuburn Outdoors
Recreation & Wellness CenterRoom 0315
Ross HallDepartment of Chemical Engineering Desk
Rouse Life SciencesRoom 101
Samford HallRoom 23
Sciences Center Laboratory BuildingRoom 508
Scott-Ritchey Research CenterRoom 118
Shelby CenterRoom 3106
Spidle HallRoom 266
Stadium Parking DeckAccess Control Offices
Student CenterStaging Area Beside Loading Dock
Tichenor Hall Room 302
Vaughn Large Animal HospitalRoom 1119
Walker BuildingFirst Floor OIT Office

Contacts

For questions, comments, and service needs related to battery recycling, please contact:

Office of Sustainability | sustain@auburn.edu | 334-844-7777

Risk Management & Safety | freemms@auburn.edu | 334-740-1267

For questions, comments, and service related to all other recycling, please contact:

Waste Reduction & Recycling Department | aureuse@auburn.edu | 334-844-9461

For personal battery recycling within the City of Auburn, please contact:

City of Auburn Environmental Services | webenvirsvc@auburnalabama.org | 334-501-3080

For emergency situations, dial 911.