Green tip of the week: Take the time to divert used batteries from landfill

Battery Recycling BinBoth regular and rechargeable batteries are classified as hazardous waste, as they contain chemicals such as nickel and cadmium that can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly.

Fortunately, York University has numerous battery recycling bins to allow faculty, staff and students to properly dispose of their used batteries. Batteries collected in the bins are diverted from landfill and sent to a waste facility for proper dis-assembly and disposal. Refer to the waste diversion map for bin locations on the Keele campus.

For more information on hazardous waste and proper disposal, please see York’s ZeroWaste site or visit the Ontario Ministry of Environment or City of Toronto websites.

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