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Hazardous Waste Warning

Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.



Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.

New! Recycle Your Batteries at Curbside

For those living in the unincorporated area of the County or in the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, you now have a new option for recycling your batteries. Simply follow the steps below:

  • Tape the ends of each battery with electrical, masking, or duct tape so that the battery poles are not exposed
  • Place the batteries in a zip-top plastic bag
  • Put the bag on top of (not inside) your recycling container on your normally scheduled recycling collection day

For more information, contact your trash/recycling hauler.

Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Non-rechargeable or single-use batteries power many household items -- from flashlights to smoke alarms to remote controls and watches. Common types include alkaline, silver oxide, and lithium.

They seem pretty harmless, right?

If used and disposed of properly, yes, they're quite safe. Non-rechargeable batteries do contain corrosive chemicals that can be harmful to you and pets. Avoid leaving used batteries out in the open. Store them in a small bucket until you're ready to bring them to one of the collection sites below.

Consider the switch to rechargeables

Rechargeable batteries are a great alternative to the single-use variety. Because they can be continuously re-energized, rechargeables can last for years. The result: less waste, less money, and fewer trips to the store (and hazardous waste collection center!).

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