Single Use Battery Recycling

Single-Use Battery Recycling Information
Single-use batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) are now being recycled on the Medical Center Campus at select locations. There is an opportunity to recycle over 10,000 pounds of single-use batteries per year on campus.The batteries are being taken to the Cross Training Center to be recycled. The Cross Training Center is a local organization that will use the funds for programs that assist disadvantaged adults with job training and life skills.


What kinds of batteries can I recycle in the designated white bin?
All single-use alkaline batteries can be recycled through this program. This includes AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V. If you have rechargeable batteries you would like to recycle, please go through the hazardous waste process. Rechargeable batteries cannot be recycled in the white bin.

What do I do when the designated single-use battery container is full?
When your container is full of single-use batteries ready to be recycled, please fill out the Chemical Safety tag and call Chemical Safety at 554-6356.

I would like a container for my department, where can I pick one up?
This program is currently in the pilot phase. Will we put an announcement on this website when it is expanded campus wide with instructions on how to obtain a container for your department.

How do I fill out the Chemical Safety tag?
When the container is full of single-use batteries, please fill out the appropriate Chemical Safety tag for pick up.  Blue tags are for TNMC and green tags are for UNMC.

The following fields need to be filled out on the Chemical Safety tag:

Calling Party: Your name
Supervisor: Your supervisor’s name
Phone#:  Phone number where UNMC Chemical Safety Office can reach you if they have questions
Department: Your department
Building/Room #:  Where should UNMC Chemical Safety pick up your container of batteries?
Date:  The date you call in your full container of batteries
Chemicals: Used Alkaline Batteries

The remaining fields on the tag may remain blank.



Where do the batteries go?
The hospital and the university have partnered with the Cross Training Center, a local organization that assists disadvantaged adults with job education and training with funds from the recycling and other programs.

Should I be concerned about acid build up on batteries?
Batteries usually have a long time before acid build up occurs. If it does occur, it is still okay to put the batteries with acid build up in the containers.

Why does the City of Omaha recommend putting batteries in the regular trash steam?
It can be challenging and labor intensive to extract the reusable materials/metals from single-use batteries. At this point in time, the City of Omaha does not require that batteries be recycled and does not have a system in place to route these batteries to the appropriate recycling facility. However, these items can be recycled.

I have a container for my department but the lid has gone missing. Is it possible to get a replacement?
At this time, we do not have extra lids. Please check back as we expand the program.

I had a container, but after the last pickup, it went missing. Can I get another one?
Please contact Chemical Safety at: 554-6356.