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Battery Recycling

Safety, Health & Sustainability collects and manages all spent batteries using designated containers at various locations across campus. Please DO NOT deposit batteries that are generated off campus (e.g., from home), or send batteries through intra-campus mail.

NOTE: All Lithium (Li-ion) batteries MUST have the terminal ends covered with clear tape. A roll of clear tape and pair of scissors should be available next to each spent battery container. If the scissors or tape need to be replaced, please contact SH&S at 760-750-4502 or

 To request a battery pick-up, submit a SH&S Waste Pick-Up Request.

Accepted Battery Types

  • Alkaline
  • Lithium (Li-ion)
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) 
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
  • Silver Oxide
  • Zinc Carbon
  • Zinc Chloride
  • AAA
  • AA
  • C
  • D
  • 9-Volt
  • Button Cell 
  • Coin Cell

Batteries that do not match the description above (e.g., sealed lead acid batteries) need to be managed separately. Please contact SH&S at 760-750-4502 or for assistance.

Battery Drop-Off Locations