Batteries

Reducing your battery use, using rechargeable batteries, and recycling batteries responsibly can reduce your environmental impact.

Batteries often contain potentially harmful heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium. In 2014, Call2Recycle estimates around 2,250 tonnes of batteries were sent to the landfill in BC alone. Follow the guidelines below to manage your battery use and help to reduce the potential environmental impact to soils and waterways.

At the end of life, recycle your batteries using UBC's Battery Recycling Program, which has drop-off stations across campus. Set up a battery recycling station in your building if you don't have one. 

Choose
  • Minimal battery use, whenever possible
  • Rechargeable batteries such as NiMH or Lithium ion, which don't contain heavy metals
  • ENERGY STAR certified battery chargers, and unplug when not in use
  • Maximize battery life and use according to manufacturer recommendations
  • Recycle used batteries on campus or in your neighborhood
Avoid
  • Single-use (i.e. non-rechargeable) batteries for high energy drain devices
  • Purchasing low quality batteries, or more batteries than required
  • Batteries manufactured with potentially harmful heavy metals such as mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), and cadmium (Cd), including Ni-Cd rechargeables, which contain cadmium
  • Disposing of batteries in landfills: always recycle batteries properly

Where to Purchase

Tips and Resources

Labels to Look for

Energy Star

Certification identifies the most energy efficient equipment for over 50 different product categories.