Batteries are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded. This includes AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all other batteries, both rechargeable and single-use. All batteries must be recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler (e.g., storage facility or broker), or an authorized recycling facility.

Household Battery Drop off Locations

Republic Services offers free household battery drop off boxes at these four City facilities:

  • Alhambra Civic Center Library
    101 S First Street
    Alhambra, CA 91801
  • Almansor Park Office
    800 S Almansor Street
    Alhambra, CA 91801
  • City Hall
    111 S First Street
    Alhambra, CA 91801
  • Joslyn Center at Story Park
    210 N Chapel Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
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Information About Recycling Used Batteries

  • Residents can bring any household batteries (rechargeable or alkaline weighing less than 11 lbs.) and cell phones to the drop off locations above. Old lithium-ion cell phone, camera batteries and traditional AAA-D batteries can be brought to the same convenient take-back location. Industrial or car batteries are not accepted.
  • Residents can turn in their batteries at the marked battery recycling boxes inside the facility.
  • Visit the CalRecycle website for more information on battery recycling.
  • You can find additional battery recycling centers by using the Battery Recycling Center Locator.

The Call2recycle Program

  • The Call2Recycle program funds all disposal costs associated with the battery recycling.
  • Businesses that are interested in becoming a battery recycling collection center can visit Call2Recycle website for more information.
  • All shipping and recycling is handled by the battery producers.
  • Simple instructions on how to safely recycle batteries are located on each take-back box.
  • California banned curbside disposing of batteries because they waste valuable metals like zinc and cadmium, which are needed to make new products, particularly electronics.
  • Batteries disposed in landfills can degrade soil, leading to groundwater contamination and other environmental hazards.