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In May 1996, the Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act was signed into law. The purpose of the law was to phase out the use of mercury in batteries and to provide for the efficient and cost effective recycling of regulated batteries. In order to comply with this Act, Environmental Programs initiated a rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program, and began to collect and dispose of regulated batteries. All batteries less than 2 pounds can be placed in the designated recycling containers throughout campus.

Environmental Programs accepts all kinds of batteries for recycling except Alkalines.

Off Campus Facilities

If you want to have a battery recycling program in an outlying Duke affiliated building, a separate program must be started. The three companies that we currently use for recycling our batteries and cell phones are the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) and The Big Green Box. Contact OESO Environmental Programs at 919-684-2794 for help in setting up your program, selecting collection locations, contacting recycling facilities, or other information you might need to get started.