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DRS uses hazardous waste vendor for battery disposal

Posted by Daphne Hulse on June 26, 2023

From: Hess, Stephanie Tumidajski <>
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2023 4:02 PM
To: Hulse, Daphne Lauren <>
Cc: Fraterrigo, Jennifer M <>; Hill, Landon E <>
Subject: RE: DRS battery disposal


Hi Daphne,


A good area to look into. I remember there being battery recycling a long time ago and then was told it was no longer is a thing.

We do not recycle batteries that come through DRS. Those are disposed of using our hazardous waste vendor. I’ve copied the regulated waste compliance manager on this email. He can probably give you an idea about the volume of batteries that come through our waste facility and answer your specific questions.




From: Hulse, Daphne Lauren <>
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2023 3:54 PM
To: Hess, Stephanie Tumidajski <>
Cc: Fraterrigo, Jennifer M <>
Subject: DRS battery disposal


Hi Stephanie,


A recurring topic that’s come up in sustainability conversations on campus has been about batteries, and we are working to assess what the needs are for this type of specialized recycling and for whom (campus property, personal, etc). In the past several years, battery recycling has been decentralized under departmental programs through companies like Battery Solutions and Call2Recycle for single-use and rechargeable batteries. I also understand that DRS disposes of departments’ unwanted batteries – I am curious, is this a program that is widely used by campus? Do most of the batteries collected under DRS get recycled?


Thank you,


Daphne Hulse (she/her)
Zero Waste Coordinator
Facilities & Services | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
+1 (217) 333-7550 |

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