Recycling Your Batteries
|Battery Category||Includes the following types:|
|Corroded Batteries||All batteries that are broken, leaking, or corroded. (FAQs Question #7)|
|Dry Cell Batteries||Alkaline, Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Iron, Zinc Air, and Carbon Zinc|
|Rechargeable Batteries||Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Lead Acid (Pb/acid), and Lithium Ion (Li-ion)***Be sure to tape terminal ends!!*** (FAQs Question #6)|
|Lead Acid & Wet Cell Batteries||Sealed Lead Acid, Gel Cell, and UPS|
|Mercury & Silver Batteries||Mercuric Oxide, Button Cells, Silver (II) Oxide, and Alkaline with Mercury|
|Lithium & Magnesium Batteries||Lithium (Li) Metal, Lithium Button Cells, and Magnesium (Mg)***Be sure to tape terminal ends!!*** (FAQs Question #6)|
|Unknown Batteries||Batteries your are unable to identify|
**NOTE: The type of battery should be labeled on the battery.
Drop off your batteries at any battery bin:
|On Campus||2300 Delaware & Long Marine Lab|
Before dropping off your batteries, please properly package your batteries.
Click below for battery bin locations:
For further information please contact the Recycling Office at (831) 459-3671.
Drop off your batteries at any multibin or 1 gallon bucket located in the college mail rooms. You can also drop off your cell phones, calculators, ink cartridges, and old/broken cds at these multibins.
For further information please contact Housing Conservation Services at (831) 466-1825.
Off-Campus UCSC Locations
The following locations are serviced by the Santa Cruz City Battery Recycling Program, not the UCSC Battery Recycling Program.
- Laureate Court
- Silicon Valley Center
- UCSC University Inn
- University Business Park
- University Town Center
- 2155 Delaware Avenue
- 2901 Mission St
- Swift Street Facilities
- Hagar Court and Hagar Meadow
- Cardiff Terrace
Please see the Santa Cruz City Battery Program information below for the location of battery drop-off points.
Santa Cruz City Residents
There are several locations within the City of Santa Cruz to drop off batteries.
- Branciforte Library - 230 Gault St
- Central Branch Library - 224 Church St
- Garfield Park Library - 750 Woodrow Ave
- City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department - 809 Center St, Rm 201
- City of Santa Cruz Customer Service - 809 Center St, Rm 101
- Louden Nelson Community Center - 301 Center St
- City Hall - Locust Street Parking lot Trash Enclosure area (Saturdays only)
- Resource Recovery Facility - 605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz County residents may put their batteries in a sealed clear plastic bag and place next to Garbage Carts for collection.
City of Capitola residents: Website
City of Scotts Valley residents: PDF
City of Watsonville residents: Website
Battery Bin Locations (excel file)