Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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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.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Unocal 76 2445 Castro Valley Blvd. Castro Valley Recycle Free Drop-off
Firestone Complete Auto Care Store (Hayward-La Playa) 715 La Playa Dr. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off Select marine batteries only
Sims Metal (San Jose) Office: 1800 Monterey Highway Redwood City Recycle Free Drop-off Lead Acid
AutoZone (28150 Mission Blvd) 28150 Mission Blvd Hayward 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.
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Livermore Facility) 5584 La Ribera Street Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off  
Sunset 76 1700 Noriega St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Hayward Facility) 2091 West Winton Avenue Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off  
SMaRT Station 301 Carl Rd Sunnyvale Recycle Free Drop-off The SMaRT Station serves Mountain View and Sunnyvale residents only.
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 10680 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Recycle Free Drop-off
City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station Program 2501 Embarcadero Way Palo Alto Recycle Free Drop-off Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
Firestone Store (5795 Mowry Ave.) 5795 Mowry Ave. Newark Recycle Free Drop-off
Tire Choice 431 San Pablo Avenue Albany Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
North State Environmental (South San Francisco) 220 South Spruce Avenue
Suite 200
South San Francisco Recycle Pick-up for a Fee
American Battery Company of Hayward 3496 Arden Rd. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off
Batteries USA 1 Industrial St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 12925 San Pablo Ave. Richmond Recycle Free Drop-off
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 1251 Tara Hills Dr. Pinole Recycle Free Drop-off
Contra Costa Battery Service 2170 Commerce Ave., Ste N Concord Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Oakland Facility) 2100 East 7th Street Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off  

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