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Batteries - Household - Single-Use

Primary/Single-Use batteries cannot be recharged and must be disposed of once they wear out. Alkaline, lithium, silver oxide, zinc-air, zinc-carbon, and zinc-chloride are all types of primary batteries.

Household Hazardous Waste

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

Find more information on our Battery Fact Sheet.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Cirba Solutions (Mark Steadman) Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Sells We Recycle Kits to collect and mail back batteries.
Battery Recyclers of America Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Battery types you can recycle: alkaline, nickel cadmium, lithium & lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride, iron, zinc carbon, silver zinc. Battery chemistries are those found in remotes, devices, power tools, laptops, cell phones, rechargeable controllers, watches, vehicle remotes, etc. Bucket kits (20-50 lbs) - https://www.batteryrecyclersofamerica.com/buckets/
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa Household Battery Recycling Program Recycle Free Drop-off
City of Alameda Maintenance Services Center 1616 Fortmann Way Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off (Tape the contacts on both ends before dropping off)
Encinal Hardware 2801 Encinal Ave Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Call first
Mastick Senior Center 1155 Santa Clara Ave Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts batteries from members only - no large quantities.
Pagano's Hardware Mart 640A Central Avenue Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Alameda City Hall West 950 W. Mall Square Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Alameda City Hall 2263 Santa Clara Ave Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Alameda Free Library 1550 Oak St Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off
Alameda Municipal Power 2000 Grand St Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
Pagano's Ace Hardware 2298 South Shore Center Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off No large quantities.
KBI (Kinsbursky Brothers Intl) 125 E Commercial St Anaheim Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial quantity
Delta HHW Collection Facility 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off, Drop-off for a Fee
Call2Recycle Battery Drop-off Location Finder 1000 Parkwood Circle
Suite 200
Atlanta Recycle Free Drop-off, Mail-in for a Fee 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.
Berkeley Recycling Center 669 Gilman St.
(corner of 2nd & Gilman)
Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off No charge for up to 5 pounds, or 1 quart. Small fee/lb applies for quantities above limit.

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
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
Emeryville accepts this item for curbside pickup, but don't put them in your carts or bins. Cart customers: place in sealed, zip bag taped to lid of recycling cart. Emeryville bin customers call to order mail-back collection container: 510-613-8710.
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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 household 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 Ziploc bag on top of the recycling cart. Also accepted at the Piedmont Fire Station for recycling.
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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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