Used batteries are considered hazardous waste in California. This includes single-use and rechargeable Alkaline and Lithium AAA, AA,C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and other small household batteries. For less waste, use rechargeable batteries. Note: Businesses selling rechargeable batteries must take them back for recycling.

Prepare your batteries for disposal by taping each end to prevent potential combustion in the collection bin.

Household batteries may be dropped off at the following City Facilities:
City of Santa Cruz Public Works Dept. | 809 Center Street, Room 201
City of Santa Cruz Municipal Utilities Customer Service Office | 212 Locust StreetOpen for Walk in from 1PM-3PM
Louden Nelson Community Center | 301 Center StreetCurrently, open for Special Events only. No Drop In
Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
| 605 Dimeo Lane | Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

City Hall | Locust Street parking lot, trash enclosure battery receptacle

Retail Locations:

O’Reilly Auto Parts | 411 May Avenue

Hazardous Waste

Special Instructions