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Recycle Your Used Batteries at the Library

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Wondering what to do with old batteries that can’t go in the trash? Well, if you live in the County’s “backcountry” areas, your options just improved.

The County Department of Environmental Health is partnering with the San Diego County Library to provide collection containers for household battery recycling at 10 library branches.

The pilot project is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board and is aimed at increasing awareness of battery management requirements and providing convenient collection services. Household batteries are considered “universal waste” by the State of California. While less of a risk than other hazardous chemicals, universal wastes can be toxic to the environment if not managed properly.

Other universal wastes include used fluorescent bulbs, waste electronics and products containing mercury, such as thermometers.

“We know people want to do the right thing. Our goal is to help make recycling these products easier“, said Greg Cox, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors.

Battery collection containers are located at the following library branches:

  • Alpine
  • Borrego Springs
  • Campo
  • Jacumba
  • Julian
  • Pine Valley
  • Descanso
  • Potrero
  • Fallbrook
  • Valley Center

For library addresses and hours of operation, visit

For more information on proper disposal of batteries and other household wastes, call the County Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 877-R-1-EARTH or 877-713-2784 or visit