Batteries - Household (business only)

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.

Businesses can participate in our Business Household Toxic Facility collection options.

Hours listed on this page may change without notice.

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AERC Recycling Solutions

1475 Crocker Ave
Hayward, CA 94544

NotesDrop-off, mail-back, pickup and fee: business service, call for quote. Drop-off second Friday in month Fri (9am-3pm) for individuals and small businesses. Pickup for large quantities.


Minneapolis, MN

NotesMail-back and fee:AA, AAA, 9-volt, C cell, D cell, lantern, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride batteries. Check web site for instructions. This program is operated by Waste Management.

Business Hazardous Waste Collection at the HHW Facility

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesAppointment required. Accepts up to 27 gallons of liquid or 220 pounds of solid material.


1000 Parkwood Cir STE 200
Atlanta, GA 30339

NotesMail-back (PPRS--pre-paid return service): rechargeable batteries weighing under 11 pounds each for recycling at no cost.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

4101 Industrial Way
Benicia, CA 95403

NotesPickup and fee. All kinds.

Interstate All Battery Center

3315 Industrial Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesCollection and recycling system for all kinds of batteries. Purchase of battery recycling bucket required for alkaline batteries. Call for details. (Air Cycle Corporation)

2200 Ogden Ave, Ste 100
Lisle, IL 60632

NotesMail-back and fee: all kinds. Check web site for instructions.

MDS/Mercury Disposal Systems, Inc.

Tustin, CA

NotesMail-back and fee. See website for more instrution.

ReVolt Recycling Corp

San Leandro, CA

NotesPickup and fee. All kinds. See website for more information.


5750 Commerce Blvd
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesPickup and fee. All kinds.

The Big Green Box (Mail-Back Program)

Anaheim, CA

NotesMail-back and fee: Visit web site for instructions.

Veolia Environmental Services

NotesMail-back program: business service; check web site for instructions.