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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Household batteries

batteriesWhy should household batteries be recycled?
Household batteries including alkaline and rechargeable batteries cannot be landfilled in California because they contain acids and toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. These metals may harm people and the environment.

Definition: Alkaline batteries are AAA, AA, C, D button cell and 9-volt batteries.

Definition: Rechargeable batteries are typically found in cordless phones, power tools and laptops. Types include: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and  Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb).

Definition: Button batteries are typically found in cameras and hearing aids. Types include: Lithium ion and silver oxide batteries.

1. Drop-off all kinds of batteries: for residents

Cotati

Cotati Police Department
203 West Sierra Avenue (707) 792-4611
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Cotati residents only.

Guerneville

True Value Hardware
15600 River Road (707) 869-2832
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose, 10 maximum per person per month. Residential waste only.

Healdsburg

Community Development
435 Allan Court (707) 431-3346
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Foss Creek Community Center
1557 Healdsburg Avenue (707) 431-3301
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Healdsburg Fire Department
601 Healdsburg Avenue (707) 431-3360
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Healdsburg Lumber Company
359 Hudson Street (707) 431-9663
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Residential waste only.

Healdsburg Police Station
238 Center Street (707) 431-3377
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Healdsburg Senior Center
133 Matheson Street (707) 431-3324
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Healdsburg residents only.

Rohnert Park

City Hall
130 Avram Avenue (707) 588-2227 
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Codding Recreation Center (Senior Center)
6800 Hunter Drive, Suite A (707) 585-6780
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Community Center
5401 Snyder Lane (707) 588-3456
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Public Safety Building
500 City Center Drive (707) 584-2600
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Public Works
600 Enterprise Drive (707) 588-3300
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Sports Center
5405 Snyder Lane (707) 588-3488
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Rohnert Park residents only.

Santa Rosa

Interstate All Battery Center
3315 Industrial Drive (707) 546-9907
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Store purchase required. Residential waste only.

Sebastopol

City Hall
7120 Bodega Avenue (707) 823-7863
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Sebastopol residents only.

Fire Department
7425 Bodega Avenue (707) 823-8061
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Sebastopol residents only.

Sebastopol Hardware Center
660 Gravenstein Highway, North. (707) 823-7688
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Residential waste only.

Sebastopol Regional Library
7140 Bodega Avenue (707) 823-7691
Drop-off: all kinds of household batteries. Batteries are accepted loose. Sebastopol residents only.

2. Drop-off rechargeable batteries only at the following retailers: for residents and businesses
In 2005, to help promote proper disposal of rechargeable batteries by the public, the Governor signed the California Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, which requires retailers to take back all used rechargeable batteries from their customers for recycling.

The following sites are Call2Recycle sites accepting rechargeable batteries weighing less than 11 pounds each. When visiting these locations, drop off batteries at Customer Service areas. Call first if dropping off more than 50 pounds:

  • Ace Hardware Stores
  • AT&T Wireless
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Buy
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Estuff Plus
  • Friedman's Home Improvement
  • Grainger
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Markell Inc.
  • Mead Clark Lumber Company
  • Office Depot
  • OSH
  • Radio Shack
  • Sears
  • Staples
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Walmart

3. Curbside recycling for household batteries in Windsor: for residential garbage company customers in Windsor

How the program works:

  • Pick up special yellow battery collection bags at Windsor Town Hall, Windsor Public Works Department or the Windsor Refuse and Recycling Office in Santa Rosa.
  • Place batteries in bag and seal firmly.
  • Place bag on top of blue recycling cart for pick up.

For questions, call Windsor Refuse and Recycling at (707) 586-5545.

4. Dispose of all kinds of batteries through the Agency's Hazardous Waste programs: for residents & businesses

For residents
Household Toxics Facility
Community Toxics Collections
Toxic Rover Pickup Service

For businesses
Household Toxics Facility
Community Toxics Collections

5. Mail-back & pick up recycling options: for businesses

Use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic "Batteries, household (business only)"

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency ● 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100 ● Santa Rosa, CA 95403