All types of batteries are considered hazardous waste in California. Batteries may contain metals including cadmium, lead, lithium, mercury, nickel, silver and zinc. According to state law, batteries and other types of universal waste must be handled properly and are not allowed to be disposed of at the solid waste landfill.
The City of San Diego offers eight (8) one-day battery and bulb collection events in the spring and fall. Please check back later for spring 2022 dates.
There are other options to recycle household batteries near you.
The City of San Diego accepts all types of home use and automotive batteries at their HHW Transfer Facility by appointment only.
Store used batteries sorted by type (alkaline, lithium, nickel-cadmium, etc.) in a safe, dry place and out of the reach of children. Use zip-lock bags or a plastic container with a lid. For an extra measure of safety, place clear tape over the battery terminals (battery ends). If a battery is damaged or leaking, immediately place the leaking battery into a plastic or zip lock bag and isolate from other batteries. Wear protective gloves when handling damaged batteries and wash your hands.