Battery Recycling

How to recycle batteries:

Batteries are useful. You can use them to power computers, cell phones, music players, flashlights, Nerf blasters… but after so many uses, they don’t work anymore, and at some point, even a ReZap alkaline battery reviver isn’t going to do any good. All batteries eventually reach a point where they will no longer hold a charge. Also, batteries are not accepted at landfills. Luckily, most batteries can be recycled!

What kinds of batteries can be recycled?

Household batteries (both rechargeable and alkaline) can be recycled, if only for their metal components. Vehicle batteries are also recyclable. A majority of Wal-Marts will accept vehicle batteries, provided that a new one is purchased.

Where can I recycle my used batteries? Can I take them to E-Waste pick ups?

Batteries are not accepted at E-Waste events, and are only taken at certain locations, such as battery recycling centers. You can locate a center near you by calling 1-800-237-BLUE, or by For rechargeable batteries, stores that sell new ones, such as Target, Home Depot, and Radio Shack will usually accept used rechargeables. Cell phone stores, such as Verizon stores, should accept used cell phone batteries. Auto shops that sell vehicle batteries typically will accept vehicle batteries free of charge, with a possible discount on a new battery. Also, there are twenty San Diego County Libraries that will accept used household (alkaline and rechargeable, not vehicle) batteries during their operating hours. These libraries are:

In Encinitas, the Encinitas Community and Senior CenterEncinitas City Library, and Encinitas Department of Public Works (160 Calle Magdalena) accept used household batteries during their normal operating hours.

In Del Mar, the Del Mar Fire Department accepts small, portable Ni-Cd, Ni-mh, Li-ion, and PB rechargeable batteries. They are located at 2200 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

In Carlsbad, the Waste Management Recycling Facility at 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside (phone #:760-929-9400), and the Clean Harbors Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 1145 East Taylor St in Vista (phone #:800-444-4244) will both take household batteries free of charge. However, the Waste Management facility is only open every other Saturday and requires an appointment, while the Clean Harbors facility is open every Saturday. There is also the Carlsbad Recycling Center at 5960 El Camino Real (888-964-9784), which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM, with a 40 minute closure every day from 12 to 12:40. No appointment is needed for the Recycling Center.

In the City of San Diego, the only city provided center is the San Diego Household Hazardous Waste Transfer Facility, which will take batteries by appointment only on Saturdays, and only from City of San Diego residents. Another center available is Recycle San Diego, located at 8222 Ronson Road. They will accept all batteries, but will charge a $1 per pound fee for alkaline batteries.

For the unincorporated San Diego County residents, an HHW collection facility is available in Ramona, at 324 Maple St (phone # 1-877-R-1-Earth) that accepts household batteries. It is open on all Saturdays except for holiday weekends, and requires appointments. There are also numerous EDCO Household Hazardous Waste facilities that accept household batteries free of charge. (Hours, Appointment requirements, and residency requirements vary between locations.)

In addition to the above residence specific locations, Waste Management of San Diego operates a recycling center in El Cajon that accepts all household batteries by appointment from all California residents. It is located at 925 O’Conner St, and is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month.

If none of these are accessible to you, you can contact your city’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Center to make an appointment for drop off. (You must have proof of city residence.)

How should I prepare my batteries for recycling?

Package used batteries in a plastic bag. For added safety, tape over the contact points to prevent accidental shocks. (Do not use duct tape for this.)

Target Battery Recycling Information

A complete list of the battery recycling programs at all of the San Diego County Targets.

IMPORTANT: This list is for  TARGET stores in San Diego County ONLY. This list was made on  6/10/2010. Fees and conditions may apply. Collection policies are subject to change. CALL A LOCATION FOR DETAILS.

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Location and Phone # Accepts Alkaline Accepts Rechargeable Accepts Cellphone Accepts Automotive
Rancho San Diego 


2911 Jamacha Rd
El Cajon, CA 92019

(619) 660-2948

Yes Yes Yes No
El Cajon 


250 Broadway
El Cajon, CA 92021

(619) 442-9641

No No Yes No
Chula Vista North 4th

40 N 4th Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910

(619) 425-5120

Yes Yes Yes No
Chula Vista Broadway 


1240 Broadway
Chula Vista, CA 91911

(619) 425-3850

Yes Yes Yes No
Chula Vista East

910 Eastlake Pkwy
Chula Vista, CA 91914

(619) 213-1010

Yes Yes Yes No

1010 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 633-1406

No Yes Yes No

1280 Auto Park Way
Escondido, CA 92029

(760) 489-6119

No No No No

5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942

(619) 461-1960

Yes Yes Yes No
Natl Cty Pl Bonita 


3060 Plaza Bonita Rd
National City, CA 91950

(619) 791-2749

Yes Yes Yes No

2255 S El Camino Real
Oceanside, CA 92054

(760) 967-8335

Yes Yes Yes No
San Diego Mission Valley

1288 Camino Del Rio N
San Diego, CA 92108

(619) 542-0025

No No No No
Sports Arena

3245 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 223-2491

No Yes Yes No

5680 Balboa Av
San Diego, CA 92111

(858) 309-6564

Yes Yes Yes No
Kearny Mesa

8001 Othello Ave
San Diego, CA 92111

(858) 576-1570

Yes Yes Yes No
Lemon Grove

3424 College Ave
San Diego, CA 92115

(619) 471-0025

No Yes Yes No
Mira Mesa

8251 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 530-1901

No No Yes No


9846 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, CA 92071

(619) 449-9790

No No Yes No


1751 University Dr
Vista, CA 92083

(760) 941-0220

Yes Yes Yes No
Vista South

3150 Business Park Dr
Vista, CA 92081

(760) 208-6111

No No No No

Wal-Mart Battery Recycling Information

A complete list of the battery recycling programs at all of the San Diego County Wal-Marts.

MPORTANT: This list is for WAL-MART stores in San Diego County ONLY. This list was made on  6/9/2010. Fees and conditions may apply. Collection policies are subject to change. CALL A LOCATION FOR DETAILS.

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Accepts Cellphone





4840 Shawline St. San Diego, CA 92111 1-(858) 268-2885 No No No No
3412 College Ave. San Diego, CA 92115 1-(619) 858-0071 Yes Yes Yes Yes
3382 Murphy Canyon Rd
San Diego CA 92123 1-(858) 571-6094 No No Yes No
710 Dennery Rd
San Diego CA 92154 1-(619) 428-4000 No No No Yes
75 N Broadway
Chula Vista CA 91910 1-(619) 691-7945 No No No Yes
1150 Broadway
Chula Vista CA 91911 1-(619) 591-4910 No No No No
1360 Eastlake Pkwy
Chula Vista CA 91915 1-(619) 421-3140 No No   Yes
605 Fletcher Pkwy
El Cajon CA 92020 1-(619) 440-2009 No No No Yes
13487 Camino Canada
El Cajon CA 92021 1-(619) 561-0828 No No No Yes
5500 Grossmont Center Dr
La Mesa CA 91942 1-(619) 337-3655 No No No Yes
1200 Highland Ave
National City CA 91950 1-(619) 336-0395 No No No Yes
2100 Vista Way
Oceanside CA 92054 1-(760) 966-0026 No No No Yes
3405 Marron Rd
Oceanside CA 92056 1-(760) 730-1371 Yes Yes Yes No
705 College Blvd
Oceanside CA 92057 1-(760) 631-0434 No No No No
13425 Community Rd
Poway CA 92064 1-(858) 486-1882 No Yes Yes Yes
732 Center Dr
San Marcos CA 92069 1-(760) 233-8009 No No No Yes
170 Town Center Pkwy
Santee CA 92071 1-(619) 449-7900 No No No Yes
32225 Highway 79 South
Temecula CA 92590 1-(951) 506-7613 No No No Yes
1800 University

Vista CA 92083

1-(760) 945-7995 No No No Yes