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Household Batteries

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Drop Off Locations

BatteriesUsed batteries are considered hazardous waste in California. You may not put batteries in your trash or recycling carts. This includes single-use and rechargeable Alkaline and Lithium AAA, AA , C, D, button cell, 9-volt, hearing aid, small tool and other small household batteries. To reduce waste choose rechargeable batteries when possible.  Note:  All businesses that sell rechargeable batteries must take them back to be recycled. 

Household Battery Drop-off in City Facilities:

  • City of Santa Cruz Municipal Utilities Customer Service Office, 212 Locust Street      
  • City Hall, Locust Street parking lot, battery receptacle in the trash enclosure (24/7) 
  • Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street
  • Resource Recovery Facility, 605 Dimeo Lane (Monday-Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm)

 Retail Battery Drop-off Locations in the City of Santa Cruz:

  • O'Reilly Auto Parts, 411 May Avenue
  • Outdoor World Sporting Goods, 136 River Street

For additional drop-off locations in the County of Santa Cruz visit: Santa Cruz County Recycles