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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
Oakland Public Library (Lakeview Branch) 550 El Embarcadero Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals.
Oakland Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch) 6833 International Blvd Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals.
Oakland Public Library (Melrose Branch) 4805 Foothill Blvd Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals. No more than a gallon ziploc bag at a time.
Oakland Public Library (Montclair Branch) 1687 Mountain Blvd Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals.
Oakland Public Library (Rockridge Branch) 5366 College Ave Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals.
Oakland Public Library (Temescal Branch) 5205 Telegraph Ave Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals.
Oakland Public Library (West Oakland Branch) 1801 Adeline St Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Tape battery terminals.
Pagano's Ace Hardware 2298 South Shore Center Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Pagano's Hardware Mart 640A Central Avenue Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Papenhausen Hardware 32 West Portal Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off For safety, tape contacts on all Lithium and Lithium-ion batteries.
Pete's Ace Hardware 2569 Castro Valley Blvd. Castro Valley Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Photo Waste Recycling Co. 2980 Kerner Boulevard
Northern CA Headquarters
San Rafael Recycle Paid Pick-up
Pleasanton Library 400 Old Bernal Avenue Pleasanton Recycle Free Drop-off This is a City Sponsored battery drop off site. No large quantities.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Recycle Free Drop-off Free for residents
Progress Hardware 724 Irving St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Quick Light Recycling 170 South Spruce Ave South San Francisco Recycle Paid Pick-up
Recology San Francisco Transfer Station Public Recycling and Disposal Drop Off 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Recology SF Business Haz. Waste Drop-Off (VSQG Program) 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Paid Drop-off Quantity limits and disposal fees apply. You must qualify and make an appointment in advance. San Francisco businesses only.
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.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up San Francisco Residents only.

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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