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How do I recycle household batteries?

Batteries are hazardous and must NOT go in any trash, recycling, or composting bin. Disposal options vary based on your housing type.

Pick-Up Options

Single family home or small multifamily buildings (under six units): Put household batteries into a clear plastic bag and place on top of your black bin on collection day.

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Multifamily buildings with six units or more: Your building manager can order a free battery collection bucket by contacting Recology at (415) 330-1300. Recology will deliver the orange battery recycling bucket to your building. 


Drop-Off Locations

Find additional locations to recycle batteries on RecycleWhere.

Lithium batteries: Please tape over lithium battery contacts. Lithium batteries are marked with "Li" or "Li-ion." 

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