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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
Home Depot 1625 Sycamore Ave. Hercules Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot 2300 N. Park Blvd. Pittsburg Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot 1781 E. Bayshore Rd East Palo Alto Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts rechargeable batteries only. Mustbe powertool batteries.Alkaline batteries are not accepted in this program.
Home Depot (Emeryville) 3838 Hollis St. Emeryville Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (Fremont) 43900 Ice House Ter. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (Hayward) 21787 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (Newark) 5401 Thornton Ave. Newark Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (Oakland) 4000 Alameda Ave. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (Pleasanton) 6000 Johnson Ave. Pleasanton Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (San Leandro) 1933 Davis St. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off
Home Depot (Union City) 30055 Industrial Pkwy. Union City Recycle Free Drop-off
Ira Jinkins Recreation Center 9175 Edes Ave Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
Island Cove Market (4th Street) 150 4th Street
Suite 1
San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
J & J Hardware 929 Geneva Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off All household-type, laptop, cell phone, and rechargeable batteries accepted. Please tape over lithium battery contacts.
KBI (Kinsbursky Brothers Intl) 125 E Commercial St Anaheim Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial quantity
Lighting Resources Recyclers (EZ on the Earth) 400 N Forsythe St Franklin Recycle Mail-in for a Fee
Lowe's 811 E. Arques Ave Sunnyvale Recycle Free Drop-off
Lowe's 491 Bayshore Blvd. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Mastick Senior Center 1155 Santa Clara Ave Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts batteries from members only - no large quantities.
North State Environmental (South San Francisco) 220 South Spruce Avenue
Suite 200
South San Francisco Recycle Pick-up for a Fee

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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