Batteries are hazardous and must NOT go in any trash, recycling, or composting bin.
- Batteries can be recycled at all Alameda County Hazardous Waste facilities.
- Search Recycle Where? for other locations.
- Use a 2- or 5-gallon bucket to stockpile spent batteries in a cool dry place. Bring them to a Household Hazardous Waste facility or other drop-off location when the bucket is full.
The newer low self-discharge rechargeable batteries (NiMH) can perform well enough to take the place of conventional batteries in most of your common devices, and can greatly reduce this type of waste. Our fact sheet below provides additional details on when and where it's good to use rechargeables.