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Recycle inkjet cartridges, batteries

Inkjet cartridges and battery recycling is now available on campus.

Departments can request an inkjet cartridge collection box or box pick-up by e-mailing To recycle a small number of inkjet cartridges, place them inside a plastic bag and mail them via inter-campus mail to UGA Recycling, Physical Plant Support Services,120 First St.

Rechargeable and non-alkaline batteries are recyclable in every building on campus. Just give them to your building services supervisor, said Andrew Lentini, campus recycling coordinator.

To identify rechargeable batteries, look for the words nickel-cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium-ion (Li-ion), lithium polymer or silver-oxide (button) batteries. To recycle rechargeable batteries elsewhere, the Department of Transportation requires that consumers tape the positive ends with clear tape and store them in a plastic bag before recycling.

To dispose of smaller button-style batteries, line them up on a strip of clear tape and secure them with another strip of clear tape along the top.

Alkaline batteries can be recycled at the Athens Clarke County Recycling Division on Olympic Drive. Alkaline batteries do not have to be taped.

Batteries contain metals, acids and other compounds that can be harmful when released into the environment—if not recycled.