Universal Waste - Batteries

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Procedure

This procedure applies to the disposal of certain hazardous wastes regulated by the U.S. EPA as universal waste. Universal waste may contain mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel and other hazardous materials.

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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.
  • Request labels using the EHS online Waste Label Request form.

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 Environmental Health & Safety 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.
  • For removal, submit a chemical waste pickup request to EHS using the online form.

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 Environmental Health & Safety.
  • For removal, submit a chemical waste pickup request to EHS using the online form.