Batteries - Household

Why should household batteries be recycled?
Household batteries including alkaline and rechargeable batteries cannot be landfilled in California because they contain acids and toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. These metals may harm people and the environment.

Household batteries are considered a hazardous waste and cannot be disposed of in the garbage.

Definition: Alkaline batteries are AAA, AA, C, button cell and 9-volt batteries.

Definition: Rechargeable batteries are typically found in cordless phones, power tools and laptops. Types include: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb).

Definition: Button batteries are typically found in cameras and hearing aids. Types include: Lithium ion and silver oxide batteries.

By law, retailers selling rechargeable batteries are required to take back used rechargeable batteries from their customers. The following locations accept rechargeable batteries from residents and businesses weighing less than 11 pounds each. When dropping off more than 50 pounds, call first. Otherwise, Drop-off batteries at Customer Service areas: Ace Hardware Stores • AT&T Wireless • Barnes and Noble • Best Buy • CVS Pharmacy • Estuff Plus • Friedman's Home Improvement • Grainger • Home Depot • Lowe's • Markell Inc. • Mead Clark Lumber Company • Office Depot • OSH • Radio Shack • Sears • Staples • Verizon Wireless • Walmart.

1. Drop-off all kinds of batteries: for residents

See locations below.

2. Drop-off RECHARGEABLE batteries only at the following retailers: for residents and businesses
In 2005, to help promote proper disposal of rechargeable batteries by the public, the Governor signed the California Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, which requires retailers to take back all used rechargeable batteries from their customers for recycling.

The following sites are Call2Recycle sites accepting rechargeable batteries weighing less than 11 pounds each and cell phones. When visiting these locations, drop off batteries at Customer Service areas. Call (877) 723-1297 first if dropping off more than 50 pounds:

Ace Hardware Stores
AT&T Wireless
Barnes & Noble
Best Buy
CVS Pharmacy
Estuff Plus
Friedman's Home Improvement
Grainger
Home Depot
Lowe's
Markell Inc.
Mead Clark Lumber Company
Office Depot
Radio Shack
Staples
Verizon Wireless
Walmart

3. Curbside recycling for household batteries in Santa Rosa and Windsor: for residential garbage company customers in Santa Rosa and Windsor only.

How the program works:

Place batteries in clear plastic bag and seal firmly.

Place bag on top of blue recycling cart on collection day for pick up.


4. Dispose of all kinds of batteries through the Agency's Hazardous Waste programs: for residents

Household Toxics Facility

Community Toxics Collections

Toxic Rover Pickup Service

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Locations

Batteries Plus

2648 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

NotesDrop-off, no fee for alkaline. Lithium batteries, cordless phone, tool batteries also accepted. Some fees may apply. Call store for fee information.

Batteries Plus

313 N McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesFee for Alkaline- $1.85/ lbs, Free- NiCad, Nickel-Metal, Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Sealed Lithium Ion (SLI). Call for additional details.

Call2Recycle

1000 Parkwood Cir STE 200
Atlanta, GA 30339

NotesDatabase of collection sites accepting rechargeable batteries weighing under 11 pounds each for recycling at no cost.

Community Development

401 Grove St
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Cotati Police Department

203 W Sierra Ave
Cotati, CA 94931

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Cotati residents only.

Enviro Salvage & Towing

175 Scenic Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose.

Friedman's Home Improvement

1255 Airport Park Blvd.
Ukiah, CA 95482

NotesDrop off.

Friedman's Home Improvement

4055 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

NotesDrop off.

Friedman's Home Improvement

429 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954

NotesDrop off, lithium, rechargeable batteries

Friedman's Home Improvement

1360 Broadway Ave
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesDrop off, Public

Garrett Ace Hardware - Healdsburg

1340 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95492

NotesDrop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Garrett Ace Hardware - Windsor

10540 Old Redwood Hwy.
Windsor, CA 95492

NotesDrop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Healdsburg Community Center

1557 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Healdsburg Fire Department

601 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Healdsburg Lumber Company

359 Hudson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose.

Healdsburg Police Station

238 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Healdsburg Senior Center

133 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. How to prepare: All batteries (excluding alkaline, 9Vs and 6V lantern batteries) must be properly insulated when being transported. This will prevent terminals from coming into contact with each other. Proper insulation would include taping the terminals of the batteries. Using clear tape is preferred so that battery identification is possible. Alkaline 9-volts and 6-volt lantern batteries do not need to be taped prior to recycling. The facility accepts up to 125 pounds of solid material.

Ideal Hardware

6631 Front St.
Forestville, CA

NotesDrop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Interstate All Battery Center

3315 Industrial Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesTwenty (20) batteries per visit. Tape battery terminals with clear packing tape.

Lowe's Home Improvement - Cotati

7921 Redwood Dr.
Cotati, CA 94931

NotesDrop off rechargeable tool batteries

Parsons Lumber & Hardware

17800 Sonoma Hwy.
Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416

NotesIndividually bag or tape battery terminals.

Public Safety Building Rohnert Park

500 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Public Works Rohnert Park

600 Enterprise Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose, tape terminals. Rohnert Park residents only.

Rohnert Park City Hall

130 Avram Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Rohnert Park Community Center

5401 Snyder Ln.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Rohnert Park Senior Center

6800 Hunter Dr., Ste. A
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Sea Ranch Supply

35550 Verdant View
Sea Ranch, CA 95497

NotesDrop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Sebastopol City Hall

7120 Bodega Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Sebastopol residents only. Battery drop box is located outside city hall on path between city hall and library.

Sebastopol Fire Department

7425 Bodega Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Sebastopol residents only.

Sebastopol Hardware Center

660 Gravenstein Hwy., North
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesDrop-off. Batteries accepted loose.

Sebastopol Regional Library

7140 Bodega Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Sebastopol residents only. Drop box is outside library on path between city hall.

Sports Center - Rohnert Park

5405 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Target - Rohnert Park

475 Rohnert Park Expy W.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesBring batteries to guest services for drop off.

The Big Green Box

Anaheim, CA

NotesMail back box, shipping,handling, recycling fees included. See website for more instruction.

True Value Hardware Cotati

7520 Commerce Blvd.
Cotati, CA

NotesDrop-off. Batteries accepted loose.

True Value Hardware Guerneville

15600 River Rd.
Guerneville, CA 95446

NotesDrop-off: Batteries are accepted loose (10 batteries per customer per month).

True Value Hardware of Larkfield

115 Lystra Ct.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesDrop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals. 20 battery per visit limit.

Veolia Environmental Services

NotesMail-back and fee: alkaline, button cells and rechargeables; check web site www.prepaidrecycling.com for instructions.

Windsor Town Hall

9291 Old Redwood Hwy Bldg 400
Windsor, CA 95492