Battery Recycling

Household Battery Recycling 

Why 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.  

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

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).  

Button batteries are typically found in cameras and hearing aids.  Types include: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and silver oxide batteries.  

Drop Off Locations:

Garrett Hardware
10540 Old Redwood Highway (707) 433-6590
Drop-off: individual bag or tape battery terminals

Windsor Town Hall
9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400 (707) 838-1000
Drop-off: individual bag or tape battery terminals

Curbside Recycling:

Place household battery in a clear zip-lock bag
  • Place batteries in bag and seal firmly
  • Place bag on top of blue recycling cart for pick up
For questions:
Sonoma County Resource Recovery will begin service on October 1, please visit or email 

For additional information on recycling visit Zero Waste Sonoma at
 or Sonoma County Recycling Guide