Batteries disposed in the landfill contain heavy metals that are hazardous to the environment and health, and could leach into our local water supply. Many local stores such as Lowe's and Target offer battery drop-off locations for recycling.
When recycling batteries on campus, cover the ends of each battery with tape to prevent accidental discharge, place them in an envelope and address to "Campus Mail/Recycle." There are also several small brown recycling containers labeled "batteries only" throughout campus. Lithium-ion, Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, and alkaline (household) batteries are all accepted through this program. Lead-acid batteries are recycled through a CMS-approved metal recycling vendor.
NIU utilizes several battery recyclers including RZimmerman, Inc. and Dimco of DeKalb, & RBRC and Inmetco of Pennsylvania depending on the chemical make-up of battery recycled.