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Batteries - Household - Non-rechargeable

Common or household batteries include AA, AAA, C & D cells, 9V, NiCads (and other rechargeables) and button batteries (e.g. camera and hearing aid batteries). These contain a corrosive chemical that can cause burns as well as toxic heavy metals like cadmium.

Household Hazardous Waste

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

Do not put batteries inside curbside recycling or trash containers. Single-use batteries are not usable when they lose their charge. Tape ends of batteries to prevent igniting or combusting. Store tape next to your old battery collection bag or container. Accepted by the Household Hazardous Waste Facilities and some community partners.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Brownies Hardware 1563 Polk St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Call2Recycle Battery Drop-off Location Finder 1000 Parkwood Circle
Suite 200
Atlanta Recycle Free Drop-off, Paid Mail-in Accept all dry-cell single use batteries weighing up to 11 lbs, such as alkaline (AA, AAA, etc.), lithium primary. If have 500 lbs/pallet load, can request Bill of Lading. Use the locator to find drop-off locations.
Calumet 2001 Bryant St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Canyon Market 2815 Diamond St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Center Hardware 3003 3rd St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Central Contra Costa HHW Collection Facility 4797 Imhoff Pl. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Moraga Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Orinda Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program San Ramon Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Walnut Creek Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Danville Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Blackhawk Recycle Free Drop-off
Charity Cultural Services Center 731 Commercial St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
City of Alameda Maintenance Services Center 1616 Fortmann Way Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off (Tape the contacts on both ends before dropping 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.
Clean Earth (AERC) (Hayward) 30677 Huntwood Ave Hayward Recycle Paid Mail-in Mail-in recycling kit only
Cliff's Variety 479 Castro St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Cole Hardware 345 9th St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Cole Hardware 70 4th St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Cole Hardware 956 Cole St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.

Curbside Service

Special Action Note
Alameda
Residents may drop off household batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt) at the ACI Alameda office or package in a sealed, clear plastic bag and place on top of the recyclable materials cart. (No car batteries allowed.)
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Albany
Put batteries in a clear plastic bag, seal it shut and place on the top of the recyclables cart.
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Berkeley
Find appropriate bin for drop-off at Berkeley Recycling Center.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Single-family and multi-family residents with blue recycling cart service may participate in CVSan’s curbside battery recycling program by placing used dry cell batteries (household batteries such as AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V, and small “button” batteries) in a sealed clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycling cart on your service day. No automotive, lithium-ion or liquid batteries are accepted. Please tape terminals on 9-volt batteries.
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Dublin
Single Family Residents. Place used batteries on top of your recycle cart in a clear plastic bag.
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Emeryville
Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart.
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Fremont
Hayward
Single Family Service - Household batteries can be put into a sealed clear bag & placed next to the Recycling cart on collection day. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Single Family Service - Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart
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Livermore
Single Family Service - Household batteries can be put into a sealed clear bag & placed on top of the Recycling cart on collection day. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
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Newark
Single Family Service - Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart
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Oakland
Residents. Put dry-cell batteries in a clear, sealed bag on top of recycling cart by 6am on your regular recycling pickup date. Always tape ends of batteries to avoid contact. Bag button-cell and NiCd batteries in a bag separate from alkaline batteries. Do not include rechargeable batteries.
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Piedmont
Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart.
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Pleasanton
Single Family Service - Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart
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San Leandro
Bag batteries in clear bag and put on top of Recycling cart.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Single Family Service - Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Single Family Service - Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Single Family Service - Place in zip loc bag on top of recycling cart
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Union City
Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Put in clear, sealed bag next to recycling cart.
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