Did you know that it's illegal to place batteries in the trash? Do you know what to do with household batteries once they are no longer usable?
Household batteries are part of a group called “Universal Waste,” that are toxic and illegal to place in the trash or curbside recycling container. California banned all universal waste (i.e.: batteries, mercury-containing items) from the trash on February 9, 2006! They must be taken to a hazardous waste facility or collection event.
If not disposed of properly, there are many ways in which batteries can harm the environment:
- If batteries are burned and the metals vaporize into the air, they can pollute lakes and streams.
- Batteries contribute to heavy metals that may potentially leach from solid waste landfills.
- Batteries contain strong corrosive acids and can expose the environment and water to lead and acid.
It’s easy for Manhattan Beach residents to recycle batteries! Residents have three options:
At Your Door Program (At-home option)
Schedule an appointment with At Your Door and a technician will collect your hazardous waste from your doorstep! It's easy and part of your base services - no additional charge! Call (800) 449-7587 or click on At Your Door to schedule an appointment online.
S.A.F.E. Collection Center (Drop-off option)
The S.A.F.E. Collection Center at the Hyperion Treatment Plant is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (7660 Imperial Highway, Gate B, Playa Del Rey).
City Facility Drop-Off Locations
Batteries can be dropped off in one of the cylinder containers at the following four locations:
- City Hall Lobby at 1400 Highland Avenue
- Fire Department Lobby at 420 15th Street
- Public Works Administration Lobby at 3621 Bell Avenue
- Joslyn Center Lobby at 1601 N. Valley Boulevard
For more information on hazardous wastes and their proper disposal, visit the City's Hazardous Waste webpage.