Battery Recycling: collection sites added

Batteries contain a wide variety of hazardous metals and corrosive chemicals.  Due to their widespread use and potential hazards to the environment, all batteries should be collected for recycling.  CUMC now has 45 battery recycling containers throughout the campus. Following this model, EH&S successfully piloted a battery collection program in a select number of buildings at the Morningside campus and will be expanding to new locations. Current locations for the battery collection containers include:

CEPSER lobby
Fairchild 7th floor
Havemeyer 3rd floor
Mudd 4th floor
Public Safety Office, Low Library
Pupin lobby  
Journalism lobby

Butler Library Café lounge
Butler Library 2M04
International Affairs Building lobby
Jerome Greene lobby
John Jay lobby
Hamilton lobby
Kent lobby

Avery lobby
Mathematics lobby
Wien lobby
Lewisohn lobby
Dodge Fitness Center lobby
Dodge Hall lobby
B-230 near the Service Center

Please help us protect the environment by properly handling batteries at the end of their useful life.  For more information on reuse, recycling, or environmental issues, please visit: or  If you have additional ideas for reuse or recycling, please send your suggestions to:

Let’s BBQ-The Safe Way

It’s almost summer and you can’t wait to be basking in the sun somewhere on campus or at the beach.  In one hand, you’re holding a cool drink, in the other a spatula.  A couple of juicy steaks or burgers are sizzling on the grill.  The last thing on your mind is safety, right?

It shouldn’t be!  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, warm weather activities such as barbequing led to product-related injuries for more than 3.7 million people in 2004.  But with just a few simple, precautionary steps, you can enjoy a safe cookout, every time.  After all, what's more important than having the peace of mind to enjoy the real fun at any barbeque: the food, family, and friends? 


Any Time You Grill

  • Never grill indoorsCarbon Monoxide, a byproduct of combustion, can cause rapid asphyxiation. 
  • Before cooking, roll up your sleeves and use oven mitts.  Loose-fitting clothes can ignite if they contact a hot surface; if clothes do catch fire STOP-DROP-and ROLL.

(The following are not just good practices, but NYC Fire Department regulations)

  • Keep grills at least 10 feet from any structure or any combustible material.
  • Grills may NOT to be used on a building roof.  Most buildings have combustible materials on the roof surface; dropping hot coals may cause a roof fire capable of dropping into the attic or top floor of the building.
  • The grill area for any barbeque may not exceed 10 square feet.
  • A minimum of two 2 1/2 gallon pressurized water extinguishers, a sixteen quart pail of water, or a charged water hose must be present during grill use.

Safety for Charcoal Grills 

  • Do not use lighter fluid-Columbia University policy requires the use of “Match Light”-type charcoal for all grills used on campus.
  • If you are using charcoal lighter fluid off-campus, do not use it on coals that are already lit.  Flames can travel up the stream of fluid, igniting the can being held. 
  • Operate charcoal AWAY from air intakes near campus structures.  Even after grilling when you may assume all the coals are extinguished, they will still produce carbon monoxide for an extended period of time, so keep your charcoal grills outside at all times.

Safety for Gas Grills
Propane cylinders may not be transported into New York City via tunnels or lower levels of bridges.

  • Propane tanks may not be refilled within New York City limits.
  • Be sure to keep tanks upright, and move gas hoses away from dripping grease and hot surfaces.
  • NEVER use cigarettes, lighters, or matches near your gas grill, whether it's in use or not. You can't be sure that there's not a slight gas leak somewhere in the unit, so it's always better to be safe than sorry.
  • If you must transport your propane tank for any purpose, be sure you choose a relatively cool day.  Keeping containers or any other grill parts that are under pressure in a hot car will cause an increase in the pressure of the gas, which could cause an explosion. 
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