How to Recycle Household Batteries

AT SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES
If you live in a house, duplex, or multifamily building with five or fewer units and need to recycle household batteries, follow these simple steps:

Please put your expired AA, AAA, C- and D-sized batteries in a clear, seal-able plastic bag, and place the bag on top of your black trash bin. Your Recology trash collector will pick up the bag and toss it in a bucket designated for used batteries on the side of the route collection truck.

We ship used batteries to companies that take them apart and recycle the pieces.

San Francisco residents can recycle small lithium batteries through this program, but must place tape over the ends of the lithium batteries. This program is not for computer, car, motorcycle, or large-appliance batteries.  It is important to keep household batteries out of the landfill. Batteries have been banned from California landfills since 2006. Please take advantage of this convenient program and recycle your batteries.

AT APARTMENT BUILDINGS
We encourage customers to opt for rechargeable batteries, but if you live in an apartment building with six or more units and use regular batteries, we’ll recycle them. Please place your expired AA, AAA, C- and D-sized batteries in the orange battery recycling bucket in your building’s lobby or trash area.

Recology provides battery recycling buckets to apartment buildings at no additional cost. When the bucket is full, call us
at the number listed on the bucket’s sticker. We will exchange your full bucket for an empty one and recycle the old household batteries. If an apartment building needs an orange bucket, the building manager can call our Customer Service Department and order one.

City residents can recycle small lithium batteries through this program, but must place tape over the ends of the lithium batteries. This program is not for computer, car, motorcycle, or large-appliance batteries. We have met with many apartment tenants this year and are impressed with their desire to fully participate in San Francisco’s recycling programs, including the household battery recycling program.