ALERT: 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 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, 13831 San Pablo Ave, 215-3055
    • San Pablo Senior Center, 1943 Church Ln, 215-3096

Hazardous Waste


Special Instructions