Battery Recycling at NAIT
Don’t trash that AA! Bins are now located across NAIT at our Main, Spruce Grove, Souch and Patricia campuses to collect your old batteries.
Students, faculty and staff can drop off any single-use or small- and medium-sized rechargeable battery that they’ve used at NAIT, whether it be in the classroom, at a desk or in a lab. These batteries include the common AA and AAA batteries, but also small batteries (often used in watches) and rechargeable batteries used in computers and small electronics.
Where are the bins?
The brown plastic bins are sitting on tables around campus with signs and labels that clearly indicate their purpose. You'll find them at the following locations:
- B building (Shell Manufacturing Centre)
- CAT beside Parking Services
- L building
- PE building (HR)
- Productivity Innovation Centre (PIC)
- Tower 3rd floor
- U wing
- V building beside main floor elevator
- W building (HP Centre) beside 2nd floor computer lab
- X wing between shop AT NAIT and Tim Horton's
- Y building (Spartan Centre)
- Cafeteria outside PLATES
Spruce Grove Campus
- Common area
- Outside office Z145
Where will the batteries go?
Staff will check on the bins regularly and properly dispose of the batteries every six months, or when the bin(s) get full (whichever comes first). If you find a bin that is full, instructions on the bin can tell you who to contact for pick up.
Please do not use the recycling boxes to dispose of large batteries (like the one in your car) or batteries from home. You can dispose of these items at one of the many Eco Stations located around the city.
Why should you recycle batteries?
Batteries that are not disposed of properly are taken to landfills. Over time, the batteries disintegrate and can release toxic and potentially carcinogenic heavy metals like cadmium, lead and mercury into the soil and potentially groundwater. Some batteries also pose a fire risk to landfills, which if lit could burn for years, releasing harmful substances into the atmosphere.
In addition to disposing of dangerous materials safely, recycling batteries allows industry to recover materials that can be used to create new products.
Thank you so much for doing your part to keep our landfills free of toxic waste.