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Batteries contain toxic materials and it is a violation of State law to throw them away in the trash. Some batteries retain a residual charge even after they can no longer properly power a device--their power has not been completely used up and they can combust or spark, causing a fire or other safety incident. Recycle them safely by following the steps below:

  1. Bag it or tape it. Place each battery in its own clear plastic bag before placing it in a storage container. If a bag isn’t available, you can tape the terminals with clear packing, non-conductive electrical or duct tape (do not use masking, painter or Scotch tape). Make sure the battery label is visible.
  2. Store the batteries in a cool, dry place. Incidents can occur when batteries (or the devices they power such as a cellphone or tablet) are exposed to moisture or warm temperatures. Store them in a plastic container, not metal or cardboard.
  3. Keep an eye out for damaged batteries. If you see a swollen or bulging battery, immediately put it in sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place and bring it to the County household hazardous waste drop-off program as soon as possible.
  4. Drop them off within six months. Old batteries should never be stored longer than six months before bringing to one of the locations listed below for recycling:
  • Davis Ace Hardware at 3rd & G Sts.
  • Davis Food Co-Op, 620 G Street
  • Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1550 E. Covell Blvd.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1471 W. Covell Blvd.
  • Hibbert Lumber at 5th & G Sts.
  • Nugget Market, 1414 East Covell Blvd.
  • Nugget Market, 409 Mace Blvd.
  • Rite Aid, 655 Russell Blvd.
  • Rite Aid,  2135 Cowell Blvd.

Rechargeable batteries can also be recycled at these sites in Davis:

  • Davis Ace Hardware at 3rd & G Sts.
  • Yolo County Central Landfill,  44090 County Road 28H

For locations where you can recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones, visit Call2Recycle.org.

Americans purchase approximately three billion household batteries each year, or about ten batteries per person. Household batteries contain metals that are potentially toxic, including cadmium, zinc, lithium, and nickel.  Help us reduce toxic waste--switch to rechargeable batteries!

More information on batteries.

Car Batteries: Automotive batteries can be taken to the Yolo County Central Landfill Recycling Center for free drop-off daily during normal business hours. State law requires stores to accept your old battery upon the purchase of a new battery.