Batteries and cell phones both contain toxic materials such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and many other toxic materials that threaten human health and the environment. In fact, both batteries and cell phones are now classified as Universal Waste and are banned from disposal with garbage and must be handled properly.
Single-family residents in the RethinkWaste service area can conveniently recycle household batteries and cell phones at the curb! Simply place household batteries (no auto batteries) and cell phones in a zip-type plastic bag and place on the lid of your blue Recycle Cart for recycling on your collection day. Tape button-type batteries and wrap cell phones in paper before placing in the zip-type bag.
In addition, those who have the Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste Collection program in their community, can include batteries and cell phones as part of the items they set out for pick up.
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Batteries and cell phones can also be dropped off for free at RethinkWaste’s Shoreway Environmental Center, located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.