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Battery Recycling Program


  • All batteries used in appliance and electronic gadgets can be recycled at Penn State
    • Cover terminals with plastic tape or place battery in a plastic bag to prevent shorting
    • Request a battery bucket for your unit from
    • When the bucket is full, OPP will collect the batteries


  • Car batteries from Penn State fleet and department cars are recycled through OPP's garage

The Facts of Batteries*:

  • Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools.
  • Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed of. When incinerated, certain metals might be released into the air or can concentrate in the ash produced by the combustion process.
  • One way to reduce the number of batteries in the waste stream is to purchase rechargeable batteries. Nearly one in five dry-cell batteries purchased in the United States is rechargeable. Over its useful life, each rechargeable battery may substitute for hundreds of single-use batteries.