Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Batteries - Automotive or Boat

Auto batteries are lead acid batteries containing sulfuric acid, a corrosive electrolyte.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

Turn in your old battery where you buy a replacement at auto and marine parts & supply stores and repair shops. In addition, they accept old car batteries that are not being replaced for recycling collection.

Find more information on our Battery Fact Sheet.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
AutoZone (10111 International Blvd) 10111 International Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off With a new car battery purchase, you’ll be turning in your old battery for a core, but if you have an old battery that needs disposal, or several, you’ll receive a gift card for every battery you drop off.
Quality Tune Up 1175 Fell St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Tred Shed Tire Pros 50 Bliss Ave. Pittsburg Recycle Free Drop-off
Sears Auto Service Department (660 W. Winton Ave) 660 W. Winton Ave. Hayward Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Small recycling fee applicable.
Certified Tire and Service Center (Hayward) 24087 Mission Blvd. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 1500-D Monument Blvd. Concord Recycle Free Drop-off
Retriev Technologies 265 Quary Rd SE Lancaster Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Commercial quantity
CarQuest Auto Parts 1295 Parkside Drive Walnut Creek Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
AutoZone (41094 Fremont Blvd.) 41094 Fremont Blvd. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off With a new car battery purchase, you’ll be turning in your old battery for a core, but if you have an old battery that needs disposal, or several, you’ll receive a gift card for every battery you drop off.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up San Francisco Residents only.
Tri County Auto Recyclers 5740 Main St. Oakley Recycle Free Drop-off
Sims Metal (Hayward) 30104 Industrial Pkwy SW Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off Lead Acid
Firestone Complete Auto Care Store (Fremont) 40861 Fremont Blvd. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off Select marine batteries only
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 1775 Willow Pass Rd. Concord Recycle Free Drop-off
Aqua Metals 2500 Peru Drive McCarran Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Commercial quantity. Lead-acid battery recycling.
Central Automotive Service Center 1425 AutoCenter Dr. Walnut Creek Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
AutoZone (7200 Bancroft Avenue) 7200 Bancroft Avenue Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off With a new car battery purchase, you’ll be turning in your old battery for a core, but if you have an old battery that needs disposal, or several, you’ll receive a gift card for every battery you drop off.
Central Contra Costa HHW Collection Facility 4797 Imhoff Pl. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off
AutoZone (1511 First Street) 1511 First Street Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off With a new car battery purchase, you’ll be turning in your old battery for a core, but if you have an old battery that needs disposal, or several, you’ll receive a gift card for every battery you drop off.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Facility 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per day of all household hazardous waste. San Francisco residents only. Address verification required. Open Thursday-Saturday only from 8am-4pm.

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