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When batteries are disposed of improperly the toxic materials found in this item can contaminate nearby water and soil systems, harming wildlife and humans alike. To combat this environmental concern, MU has convenient battery box locations around campus where you can properly recycle the following types of batteries:

  • Lithium (found in consumer electronics)
  • Lead Acid (found in various electrical equipment)
  • Nickel-Cadmium (found in some power tools)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (found in various consumer electronics)

Additional Battery Types

The following battery types can be recycled through the MU Environmental Health and Safety department at their designated donation stations around campus:

  • Button (found in watches, hearing aids, calculators)
  • Lithium (found in non-rechargeable consumer electronics)
  • Leaking lead acid

Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) will need to be recycled through the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Columbia, Missouri.

Note: The MU Environmental Health and Safety department is in the process of restructuring their battery donation station map and their locations around campus. For right now, please take batteries needing to be recycled to the Household Hazardous Waste facility with the City of Columbia until EHS has had a chance to complete their restructuring.


Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling Program Guidelines