Used batteries are considered hazardous waste in California. This includes AAA, AA , C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both
rechargeable and single use.
According to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, rechargeable batteries can be charged up to 1,000 times and last from two to five years. To ensure a long life, follow recharging instructions carefully. Businesses selling rechargeable batteries must take them back for processing.
HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES ONLY may be dropped off at:
- Branciforte Library, 230 Gault Street
- Downtown Library, 224 Church Street
- Garfield Park Library, 750 Woodrow Avenue
- City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department, 809 Center Street, Room 201
- City of Santa Cruz Customer Service Municipal Utilities, 212 Locust St.
- City Hall, Locust Street parking lot trash enclosure area
- Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street
- Resource Recovery Facility, Household Hazardous Waste, 605 Dimeo Lane
Monday-Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm