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Alkaline Battery Recycling at the University of Waterloo

TitleAlkaline Battery Recycling at the University of Waterloo
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsCushing, J., N. Quoc Quan, and B. Thornton
Keywordsbattery, recycling, waste
Abstract

Battery Recycling is an issue that is becoming more prominent in today’s society. People are becoming more aware of the hazards of disposing of batteries into landfills. This project’s goal was to determine the feasibility of implementing a battery recycling program at the University of Waterloo, in which both staff and students could one day participate.


Three different methods were used in order to determine the feasibility of such a program. First, a literature review was conducted to learn of the various hazards of batteries. Second, a battery audit was carried out to estimate the level of campus-wide participation a battery recycling program, and also to determine the extent to which disposable batteries are used amongst students. Lastly, expert interviews were performed to guide the project and gain insight into the various issues related to batteries and recycling them.

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