Batteries can contain lead, mercury, cadmium, lithium, nickel, zinc chloride and other harmful heavy metals and materials.  Many of these metals are recovered in the recycling process.

Disposing of any type of battery in the garbage is illegal and batteries are banned from the trash.  This includes all batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both rechargeable and single use.

Lead-acid batteries,  such as car, motorcycle and marine batteries are also banned.

FREE Drop-off at West Contra Costa Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Residents may, for free, safely and properly dispose of any and all types of batteries at the West County HHW Collection Facility.

FREE Battery Drop-off at retail stores, government locations and community centers

In addition to taking unwanted batteries to the HHW collection facility, residents may drop off household batteries for recycling at the many battery drop-off locations throughout the West Contra Costa County region. See list of locations for San Pablo, El Cerrito, Hercules, El Sobrante, Richmond, and Pinole below.

FREE rechargeable battery recycling program with thousands of drop-off locations Call2Recycle has a free program for rechargeable batteries.

Rechargeable Battery Drop-off Locator Web Site

Household batteries are banned from being disposed of in the trash. In California all discarded batteries are considered hazardous waste. This includes AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all other rechargeable and single-use batteries. Recycle your household batteries at one of the following locations in West Contra Costa County.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: A new Department of Transportation (DOT) law regarding battery disposal.

Many types of batteries must be taped or placed in individual plastic bags prior to disposal to prevent a possible spark. This will reduce the risk of fire during storage and transportation.

Please tape over the positive terminal of the following batteries, or place them in individual plastic bags:

  • Alkaline batteries that are 9-volts or greater
  • Lithium batteres: found in cameras, computers, watches (For small, circular batteries, tape around the entire battery)
  • NiCad, Zinc Chloride and rechargeable batteries (found in cellphones, power tools, toys)

Free Household Battery Collection Locations in West Contra Costa County


El Cerrito

El Cerrito Recycling Center, 7501 Schmidt Ln, 215-4351

El Sobrante

Oliver’s Hardware, 4071 San Pablo Dam Rd, 223-4450


Pinole City Hall, 2131 Pear St, 724-9010

Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave, 724-9802

Pinole Community Center, 635 Tennent Ave, 724-9062


Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, 620-6512

West County Resource Recovery, 101 Pittsburg Ave, 412-4500

Whale Point Marine & Hardware Co., 205 Cutting Blvd, 233-1988

City of Richmond Fire Stations (#61-68):
Station #61: 1401 Marina Way S.
Station #62: 140 W. Richmond Ave.
Station #63: 5201 Valley View Road
Station #64: 4801 Bayview Ave.
Station #66: 4100 Clinton Ave.
Station #67: 1131 Cutting Blvd.
Station #68: 2904 Hilltop Drive

San Pablo

San Pablo City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave, 215-3055
San Pablo Senior Center, 1943 Church Ln, 215-3096