2.4 Batteries

Containers

  • Any structurally sound, rigid container is acceptable.
  • Large batteries need not be placed into a container.

Labeling and Marking

  • Generator of batteries attaches a University of Iowa “Universal Waste-Battery” label to either the container, or directly on large batteries.
  • Mark on the label the date the first battery is placed in the container.
  • Mark on the label the name of the building where the battery/battery container is stored.
  • See section 1.4 of this manual for more information on labels. Contact EHS to obtain labels. Labels are also available for printing from the EHS Web site.

Storage

  • Small batteries must be placed inside containers.
  • Containers must be kept closed at all times, except when adding batteries to container.

Disposal

  • Containers of batteries must not be stored for longer than 11 months.
  • Contact EHS for pickup not more than 11 months after the date the first battery is placed in the container, whether the container is full or not.
  • For individual batteries, contact EHS for pickup not more than 11 months after the battery is labeled and dated.
  • EHS will pick up batteries/containers of batteries for disposal.

Broken/Leaking Batteries

  • Clean up broken/leaking batteries immediately.
  • Place into a separate container from non-broken/non-leaking batteries.
  • Parts and residues of broken/leaking batteries become hazardous waste.
  • Label containers with hazardous waste labels supplied by EHS. Labels are also available for printing from the EHS Web site.
  • Contact EHS for disposal.