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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
Encinal Hardware 2801 Encinal Ave Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Call first
ERI Direct 7815 N. Palm Ave
Ste 140
Fresno Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Large volumes. OneDrum Call2Recycle battery recycling partner. OneDrum is a new proprietary turnkey solution that allows you to place and transport large volumes of consumer single-use AND rechargeable batteries in one drum without sorting by chemistry and without individually bagging or taping the battery terminals.
eWaste Direct Inc. 6752 Preston Ave
Ste E
Livermore Recycle Mail-in for a Fee
Financial District Ace Hardware 140 Pine St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Fireside Camera 2117 Chestnut St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Fredericksen Hardware 3029 Fillmore St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Freon Free 1881 Walters Ct Suite A Fairfield Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
G Mazzei & Son Hardware 5166 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
g2Revolution 8585 Pyott Road
Suite 100
Lake in the Hills Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Lantern Batteries, Alkaline Batteries, Rechargeable Lithium, NICAD, NIMH, Carbon-Zinc
Glass Key Photo 1230 Sutter St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Glen Park Hardware 685 Chenery St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Golden City Building Supply 1279 Pacific Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Household batteries can be put into a clear plastic bag & placed on top of black cart on collection day. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Grand Lake Ace Hardware 1221 Grand Ave. Piedmont Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Great Wall Hardware 1821 Taraval St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
GreenCitizen 1831 Old Bayshore Hwy, Ste. #2 Burlingame Recycle Free Drop-off They ONLY accept UPS batteries. Non-rechargable electronic batteries and single use alkaline batteries are NOT accepted.
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Clean Up Day. Do not place in your recycle cart. This item can be collected curbside during your Clean Up Day.
Handy Handyman Ace Hardware 2075 Market St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
Home Depot 5631 Lone Tree Way Brentwood Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot 2090 Meridian Park Blvd. Concord Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot 11939 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito Recycle Free Drop-off

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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