Recycling

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

  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Oil

Batteries

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.

Lightbulbs

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 speciaAir Cycle Bulb Eater 3lized 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 toRecycle Fluorescent Lamps."

Oil

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 University's Learning System and is announced each year through the W&M Digest.

Fiscal Year 2015 Data:

Oil:  100 gallons

Hazardous Waste:  10,571 pounds

Batteries:  900 pounds of lead acid and 620 pounds of alkaline

Crushed Lightbulbs:  4,002 pounds

Compact Lightbulbs:  461 pounds

HID Lightbulbs:  524 pounds

Non-PCB Ballast:  2,685 pounds

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