Batteries that are spent, leaking, or ruptured are considered to be hazardous waste.
Remove all spent, leaking, or ruptured batteries prior to surplusing equipment. Submit the batteries to EH&S for recycling with a completed Chemical Collection Request. See SPPM 5.66 or the EH&S Chemical Collection Request website at:
EH&S accepts all types of batteries including:
- Mercury (e.g., watch batteries),
- Lithium (e.g., computer clock batteries),
- Silver oxide (e.g., camera batteries),
- Nickel cadmium (e.g., NiCad or NiCad rechargeable batteries),
- Lead acid (e.g., gel cell batteries, car batteries),
- Nickel metal hydride (NiMH), and
For more details go to the EH&S Battery Recycling website at:
Complete the following steps to submit batteries to EH&S for recycling:
- Place leaking, ruptured, or spent batteries in a sealed and impermeable container, e.g., plastic bucket with lid.
- Affix a Dangerous Waste Label to the container. See SPPM 5.66 for instructions to obtain and complete the label.
- Complete a Chemical Collection Request (CCR). See SPPM 5.66 for instructions to obtain and complete the form, or the EH&S online Chemical Collection Request at:
After receiving the completed CCR, EH&S collects the batteries from the laboratory, office, or work area.
Item Evaluation Form
After removing the batteries, evaluate the equipment for the presence of any hazardous contamination. Attach a completed Item Evaluation form to the item. Complete and/or print the PDF master on 20.77.4 to obtain copies of the evaluation form.
If the batteries were leaking or ruptured, the item may need to be decontaminated prior to surplus collection. See Appendix 3: Chemical Contamination on 20.77.8-9.