Batteries (Single-Use)

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Hazardous Waste E-Waste

ALERT: Department of Transportation (DOT) Law Regarding Battery Disposal

Many types of batteries MUST BE properly secured for disposal to prevent a possible spark. This will reduce the risk of fire during storage and transportation.

Please use clear tape over the positive terminal of the following batteries, or place them individually in clear plastic sealed bags:

  • Alkaline batteries that are 9-volts or greater
  • Lithium batteries: 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 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

Residents may also 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 El Cerrito, Hercules, El Sobrante, Richmond, San Pablo, and Pinole below.

El Cerrito

      • El Cerrito Recycling Center, 7501 Schmidt Ln, 215-4350

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, 888-412-9277
      • Whale Point Marine & Hardware Co., 205 Cutting Blvd, 233-1988

San Pablo

      • San Pablo City Hall, 1000 Gateway Avenue, 215-3055
      • San Pablo Senior Center, 1943 Church Ln, 215-3096
Trash Bin

Never Throw in the Trash

Batteries are banned from the trash because they contain metals and other toxic and corrosive chemicals that can leach into the environment. All batteries, including sizes AAA, AA, C, and D, need to be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

The Battery Solutions Recycling Program

Battery Solutions offers battery recycling kits and services to businesses, municipalities, and residences. Their programs aim to help people recycle their batteries properly and conveniently. Learn more.

The Big Green Box Battery Recycling Program

The Big Green Box is a mail-in battery recycling program for both residences and businesses. Their system is simple: order a box, fill it up with your used batteries, and then ship it back to the company’s EPA-approved recycling center. Learn more.

Ways to Reduce


Buy Rechargeable Batteries

Most single-use batteries can be replaced by rechargeable ones. Consider switching batteries so you can reduce how much hazardous waste you generate. Today’s rechargeable batteries are even made to have the same battery life as single-use ones.

Conserve Battery Life

Turn off battery-powered devices when not in use and avoid exposing electronics to cold conditions to get as much use possible from batteries.

Did You Know?

Battery Explodes in Garbage Truck

One battery recently caused an explosion in a UK garbage truck, starting a fire and contaminating over six tons of recycling. Because batteries contain chemicals that can ignite, it is important to dispose of them correctly, and not just toss them in with other trash or recycling.

Battery Technology Innovations

“A battery will do for the electricity supply chain what refrigeration did to our food supply chain,” said MIT electrochemist Donald Sadoway in a Grist article. Sadoway and his peers are developing new battery technology using materials such as molten metal and saltwater. The energy storage capacity of these technologies could lead to a new era for electric cars and the electricity grid.