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Toner and battery recycling offered at main campus and Vanderbilt Valet locations

Posted by on Friday, July 9, 2010 in News, Waste & Recycling.

Vanderbilt Valet, Vanderbilt Procurement and Disbursement Services, Guy Brown and the VU Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) are pleased to announce the availability of recycling for toner cartridges, batteries and cell phones at Vanderbilt University.

Drop-off locations for toner cartridges and cell phones have been established at the following locations:

–Commons Center and Sarratt Student Center main desks;
–Kennedy Center (ride the elevator to the bottom floor);
–Baker Building Lobby
–Vanderbilt Valet locations in VUMC

In addition to the drop off locations, Guy Brown drivers will pick up these recyclable goods while they are delivering ordered goods to your department.

If UPS regularly visits your area, you can request prepaid boxes and send them back with that driver who is already in your area at no charge (Calling UPS for a pick up presents a fee.) For more information about this service, contact Guy Brown by calling 1-800-564-8008.

A final option for pick up is available for some areas of the Campus side through the recycling program.  To learn if your area is eligible for pick up services – call E-ARTH (3-2784) or email

Guy Brown will donate equal portions of the proceeds from recycling these items to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and the Susan Gray School. Simply take your copier, fax, laser, and ink jet toner cartridges or bottles and your old cell phones and PDAs, regardless of brand or where they were purchased, to the recycling location nearest you! Vanderbilt-issued smart phones and PDAs should be wiped of all information prior to recycling.

SEMO has also placed small battery recycling containers at several centrally located areas for used batteries generated from work-related activities. Acceptable batteries include normal alkaline batteries, such as AA, AAA, C, D, etc., as well as rechargeable batteries, such as nickel-cadmium, lithium ion, and nickel-metal hydride batteries, from cell phones, PDAs, and portable equipment. When recycling a rechargeable battery, please place tape over the metal contacts to prevent metal-on-metal contact.

Battery recycling locations include:
–Commons Center and Sarratt Student Center main desks;
–Heard, Stevenson, and Owen Libraries entrances;
–Outdoor Recreation Center main desk;
–Bryan Building and Peabody Maintenance Building lobbies;
–All student Reeve desk locations (for residential students only);and
–Vanderbilt Valet locations in VUMC

Large batteries from Vanderbilt-owned equipment (towmotors, vehicles, etc.) can be collected by submitting a Waste Collection Form through Vanderbilt’s normal hazardous waste collection process.

If you wish to recycle your batteries from home, put your zip code and “batteries” into the search field at to find the recycling location nearest you.

Interested in learning more about sustainability on campus? Visit and become a fan of SEMO’s new SustainVU Facebook page.

Contact: SustainVU,

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital is recognized as a leading teaching and research hospital, providing care to over 235,000 pediatric visitors in fiscal year 2009.

The Susan Gray School is an on-campus preschool that includes typically developing children in an educational setting alongside children with special needs and is a research center for Peabody College.


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