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Lehigh University is implementing a battery recycling program coordinated by Environmental Health & Safety and the Office of Sustainability. Rechargeable batteries used in power tools, cell phones, and other devices may contain metals such as cadmium, nickel and lead. Alkaline batteries (non-hazardous), commonly known as AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt, are not regulated waste. All batteries should be disposed of properly.

How-To Participate:

  1. Battery recycling boxes are located at the following locations. If you are unable to access a box, please reach out to the contact for that building. 

    1. Chemistry Department Office, 393 Mudd  (Contact: Marge Sawyers)

    2. Environmental Health & Safety, 211 Warren Square (Contact: Elaine Kuchera)

    3. Facilities Services, 461 Webster Street  (Contact: Betty Bramblet)

    4. Fairchild Martindale Library, Main Floor (by elevators) (Contact: Stacey Kimmel-Smith or Annie Pecsek)

    5. Iacocca Hall, 1st Floor near C/D Wing Intersection (Contact: Lee Graham)

    6. Lamberton Hall, Foyer (Contact: Andrea Barker)

    7. Lewis Lab, Room 212 (Contact: Rich White)

    8. Packard Lab, Room 124 (Contact: Dick Towne)

    9. Packer House, Lower Level  (Contact: Amy McCrae)

    10. STEPS, Lower Level (Contact: Joe Seem)

    11. Transportation Services, 126 Goodman Drive (Contact: Mikki Maderas)

    12. University Center, 1st Floor Main Lobby (Contact: Connie Rizzo)

    13. Whitaker Lab, Room 470 (Contact: Sue Stetler) 

  2. Two boxes can be found at each location, marked rechargeable batteries & alkaline batteries.

  3. Please cover all terminals with adhesive tape prior to disposal.

  4. Drop taped battery into appropriate box. The volunteer and Environmental Health & Safety will arrange for disposal when box is full.

Batteries and Cellphones Accepted

  • Rechargeable Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride)

  • Rechargeable Ni-Cd (Nickel Cadmium)

  • Rechargeable Ni-Zn (Nickel Zinc)

  • Rechargeable Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)

  • Alkaline, Lithium and other non-rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt)

  • All models of cellphones and their batteries

  • rechargeable batteries up to 11 pounds each

Batteries NOT Accepted

  • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)

  • Wet cell Ni-Cd

  • Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries

For more information contact Elaine Kuchera (ex. 84248 or or visit Lehigh University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department’s website: