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

  • Batteries
  • Mercury-containing Fluorescent Lamps
  • Oil


Alkaline batteries are collected at numerous locations on campus.  Some areas that contain alkaline recycling bins include Swem Library, Small Hall, and Facilities Management.  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.

Mercury-containing Fluorescent Lamps

The College utilizes a significant amount of mercury-containing fluorescent lamps across campus.  These lamps are recycled by crushing them in 55 gallon drums through
the use of a speciaAir Cycle Bulb Eater 3lized device.  If you have mercury-containing fluorescent lamps that are in need of being recycled, contact the EH&S office. 

For more information on mercury-containing 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, we ask that you complete this training annually.  It is available through the DHRM's Knowledge Center and is announced each year through the W&M Digest.

Fiscal Year 2017 Data:

Oil:  100 gallons

Hazardous Waste:  7449 pounds

Batteries:  435 pounds of batteries

Crushed Lamps:  5,388 pounds

Non-PCB Ballast:  1994 pounds

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