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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

Boyes Hot Springs

Parsons Lumber & Hardware
17800 Sonoma Higway (707) 996-1008
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Cloverdale

Cloverdale Ace Hardware
750 S. Cloverdale Boulevard
(707) 894-2165 Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

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.

True Value Hardware
7520 Commerce Blvd. (707) 795-5456
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Forestville

Ideal Hardware
6631 Front Street (707)  887-7561
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Geyserville

Bosworth and Son General Mercantile
21060 Geyserville Avenue (707) 857-3463
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Guerneville

True Value Hardware
15600 River Road (707) 869-2832
Drop-off: Batteries are accepted loose (10 batteries per customer per month). Store purchase is not required, but strongly encouraged.

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.

Garrett Hardware
1340 Healdsburg Avenue (707) 433-5593
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

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.

La Perla Market
6650 Commerce Boulevard (707) 585-1623
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

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

Bennett Valley Ace Hardware
2739 Yulupa Avenue (707) 524-2515
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Interstate All Battery Center
3315 Industrial Drive (707) 546-9907
Drop-off & fee: batteries are accepted loose. Store purchase required.

Montecito True Value Hardware
763 Montecito Center  (707) 539-4071
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

True Value Hardware of Larkfield
115 Lystra Court (707) 545-8380
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch Supply
35550 Verdant View (707) 785-2366
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

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: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

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

Windsor

Garrett Hardware
10540 Old Redwood Hwy. (707) 433-6590
Drop-off: individually bag or tape battery terminals.

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 and cell phones. When visiting these locations, drop off batteries at Customer Service areas. Call (877) 723-1297 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