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Lead acid battery recycling, Surplus electronic battery recycling

Posted by Daphne Hulse on August 14, 2023

From: Hulse, Daphne Lauren
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2023 9:37 AM
To: Fraterrigo, Jennifer M <>
Subject: RE: DRS battery disposal


Hi Jen,


Follow up - the Waste Transfer Station does not track how many lead acid batteries are collected across campus and picked up by Interstate, so I have reached out to Interstate to see if pickups are something they track.


Thank you!



Daphne Hulse (she/her)
Zero Waste Coordinator
Facilities & Services | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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From: Fraterrigo, Jennifer M <>
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2023 10:24 AM
To: Hulse, Daphne Lauren <>
Subject: RE: DRS battery disposal


In other words, we generate revenue from recycling the lead acid batteries and then use that revenue to purchase new lead acid batteries. Is that correct? That’s great!


Thanks for following up with Surplus. Once I hear back from you I will reach out to Seema.




From: Hulse, Daphne Lauren <>
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2023 10:03 AM
To: Fraterrigo, Jennifer M <>
Subject: RE: DRS battery disposal


More info on the batteries: the lead acid batteries that are taken to the cage on the west side of WTS are then given back to Interstate Batteries as a refundable core deposit. This is often mandated by state legislature. Lead acid batteries are used in vehicles (so our Garage is a big producer of these), and the cost of purchasing new lead acid batteries covers the cost of returning them for recycling. So these are one type of battery currently successfully being recycled. I’ll see if WTS keeps a record of weight on this, to know how much we are recycling.

I will follow up with Surplus to see if they have any idea how many electronics batteries they are sending to Secure Processors, the vendor that accepts these kinds of batteries for recycling.


Thank you,