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Q: Where can I recycle consumer batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury containing devices from my household?

A: San Diego city residents may call 858-694-7000 to schedule an appointment at the City's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The facility is open on Saturdays to those with appointments only. For additional recycling/disposal options, go to the Links and Resources page. If you live outside San Diego city boundaries, then visit Earth 911 or call 1-800-CLEANUP.

Q: Where can I recycle consumer batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury containing devices from my business?

A: Businesses may obtain information on proper disposal by calling the County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health at 619-338-2231. If you already have a contract with a hazardous waste transporter, check with the vendor for pricing and disposal options. Some vendors offer a mail back program. For additional recycling/disposal options, see Links and Resources.

Q: Where can I recycle rechargeable batteries?

A: Some retailers that sell rechargeable batteries voluntarily participate in collecting spent rechargeable batteries. Visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation web site or call 1-800-8-BATTERY to find a nearby location.

Effective July 1, 2006, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006 requires retailers that sell rechargeable batteries to consumers to provide rechargeable battery recycling and disposal.

Q: Where can I recycle electronic devices?

A: There are many reputable companies in San Diego that will recycle electronics for free or nominal fees. Some companies offer pick-up services, others offer drop-off sites around the County, and some manufacturers offer an on-line mail back program.

Recycling Your Electronics:

Electronic devices can contain heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, and lithium. Most of the electronic devices can be recycled at the Miramar Recycling Center located at the entrance to the Miramar Landfill. Call 858-268-8971 for information on acceptable items and fees. Call Environmental Services at 858-694-7000 for assistance in finding other recycling centers in San Diego County. If you are a business with large quantities of electronic devices, see Links and Resources for collecting and recycling your electronics.

Reusing Your Electronics:

If an electronic device still works or just needs minor repair, consider donating it to a local charity or thrift store. Reusing electronics helps benefit those who cannot afford new electronics. If you need assistance in finding a charity or thrift store, call Environmental Services at 858-694-7000.