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Battery Disposal at UCSD Medical Center (Hillcrest) and Thornton Hospital

If you are located at Thornton Hospital, or the UCSD Medical Center or Clinical Teaching Facility in Hillcrest, and you are not a Hazardous Waste Generator and do not have a Waste Generator Number (WGN), use one of the options below to properly dispose of used batteries.

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Option 1. Mail Services

Send used batteries through campus mail for disposal? When all the following are true, yes!

  • You are on a mail delivery route at Hillcrest or Thornton
  • You do not have a Waste Generator Number
  • The batteries are not leaking or corroded
  • The package weighs less than 2 pounds
    (if it weighs more than 2 pounds, use option 2)

How to do it:

  • Cover the terminals with plastic nonconductive tape (Scotch® tape or electrical tape) to prevent the possibility of spark.
  • Place the batteries in a sturdy bag or container. Limit the package weight to 2 pounds or less.
  • Address the package to "Used Batteries" at Mail Code 0958.
  • At Thornton Hospital, either roll the package and place it in the mail tube chute, or drop the package in the "campus" mail bin at the mail drop located in the Storehouse.

Note: Due to regulatory restrictions, only campus and SIO (La Jolla), UCMC Hillcrest, and Thornton Hospital may send used batteries through mail services.

Option 2. Request hazardous waste pickup

Request a hazardous waste pickup if a battery weighs more than 2 pounds.

How to do it:

  • E-mail a request for pickup to hazwaste@ucsd.edu.
  • Include this information:
    • Your name
    • Phone number
    • The quantity of batteries
    • Building
    • Room number where the batteries are located

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