The EH&S Office is responsbile for managing several Univesity recycling streams.  They include the following:

  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Oil


Alkaline batteries are collected at numerous locations on campus.  Some areas that contain alkaline recycling bins include Swem Library, Small Hall, and Facilities Managment.  Lead Acid batteries are collected in a central storage location.  Contact the EH&S office if you have questions regarding the locations for recycling your used batteries.


The College utilizes a significant amount of fluorescent bulbs across campus.  These bulbs are recycled by crushing them in 55 gallon drums through the use of a specialized device.  If you have lightbulbs that are in need of being recycled, contact the EH&S office. 

For more information on fluorescent lamp recycling, visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's web site on "How to Recycle Fluorescent Lamps."


Oil is utilized for many different applications on campus from lawnmowers to research apparatus.  We recycle used oil through a company that reclaims and reuses the material.  If you have used oil that that you would like to recycle, contact the EH&S office.   EH&S offers a training class on Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures that provides information on safe oil handling practices.  If you handle oil in your work area,w ask that you complete this training annually.  It is available through the DHRM Knowledge Center and is announced each year through the W&M Digest.

Fiscal Year 2014 Data:

Oil:  100 gallons

Hazardous Waste:  11,229 pounds

Batteries:  690 pounds of lead acid and 452 pounds of alkaline

Crushed Lightbulbs:  4,988 pounds

Compact Lightbulbs:  1,460 pounds

HID Lightbulbs:  338 pounds

Non-PCB Ballast:  2,995 pounds

PCB Ballast:  452 pounds

For information on how you can recycle light bulbs and other items generated in your home, please refer to's web site on Household Hazardous Waste.