Environmental Programs

Proper Battery Disposal

Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed.

To prevent short circuit and battery leaching into the ecosystem, batteries should be disposed as outlined below:

    • Use clear tape or clear bags to separate batteries terminals from contacting other terminals or metal objects.
    • Use only clear bags so batteries can be easily identified and sorted for recycling.
    • Store batteries in leak proof container and contact Aramark facilities for used batteries pick up.
    • Do not throw batteries into regular trash.


Contact Osa Mede, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, medeo@hartwick.edu, for more information.