Hazardous Waste

Battery Waste

Generators of battery waste are required to comply with rules and regulations promulgated by federal, state and local regulatory agencies. The Resource Conservation and Recover Act (RCRA) specifies disposal requirements; the Department of Transportation requires compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations during transportation of hazardous materials; the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality licenses, inspects and regulates generators, haulers and disposal facilities handling waste.

The safety guidelines, regulations and procedures presented are intended to help generators comply with governmental rules and regulations designed to protect human health and the environment. Strict compliance with these regulations ensures the waste is managed, transported, and disposed of safely and properly while reducing potential liability to the University.

  • All battery types and sizes are accepted in the OSEH Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) battery collection/recycling program.
  • All battery pails must have a green "Universal Waste" label affixed to the container. Battery labels can be ordered by contacting HMM at 763-4568.
    Universal Waste Label
    Universal Waste Label
  • Fill out the label, including the "Accumulation Start Date." The accumulation start date is the first day that you begin filling the container with batteries.
  • All batteries must be sent for recycling within one year of the accumulation start date. However, batteries should only be accumulated for 10 months or less to ensure compliance.
  • After a battery is spent, place the battery in the white pail and replace the lid.
  • Once the pail becomes 2/3 to 3/4 full, contact HMM at 763-4568 to request collection of the batteries. Replacement pails can be delivered when the full pail is collected.
  • For collections of lead acid batteries, batteries too large to fit in the pails, or the collection of an extremely large number of batteries at once, please contact HMM at 763-4568 to arrange for a special collection.


Contact HMM at 763-4568 for delivery of waste containers. Containers are also available for pick up at the North Campus Transfer Facility. 5-gallon pails are typically used to collect batteries.

5 Gallon Pail
1 Gallon Pail
5 Gallon Pail
1 Gallon Pail

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