Quick and Easy Battery Recycling in Tahoe Truckee

Recycle Your Batteries, Power the Future

Batteries are the leading cause of fires at waste facilities, endangering lives, the environment, and costing millions of dollars in damage.

“Old batteries can not be disposed in trash or household recycling collection bins intended to receive other non-hazardous waste and/or recyclable materials: it is prohibited by law.” ~ dtsc.ca.gov

How To Recycle Batteries with TTSD

1. Identify

Know your battery type
(Household, Rechargeable, etc.)

2. Prepare

Tape terminals and place
batteries in a zip lock bag

3. Recycle

Place the bag of batteries
on top of your can for pickup

Battery Types

Types: AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and button cells.

Uses: Common in toys, remote controls, and small electronics.

Preparation: Tape terminals to prevent short circuits. Place in a clear zip-lock bag.

Recycling: Curbside collection or drop-off at designated centers at no cost.

Types: NiMH, NiCd, Li-ion.

Uses: Laptops, cell phones, power tools, toothbrushes, RC cars.

Preparation: Remove from devices if possible. Tape terminals and store in a clear zip-lock bag.

Recycling: Curbside collection or drop-off at designated centers at no cost.

Types: Lead-acid automotive batteries.

Uses: Cars, motorcycles, and boats.

Preparation: Ensure the battery is clean and terminals are not damaged.

Recycling: Drop off at Eastern Regional Landfill free of charge, automotive stores or specific recycling centers. *Not eligible for curbside pickup

*Note: Some retailers may offer credit for battery returns.

Types: Large-scale batteries for machinery, fork-lifts, backup systems.

Uses: Industrial equipment, large vehicles, emergency power.

Preparation: Secure and transport safely. Check for any damage or leaks.

Recycling: May require an appointment for drop-off at Eastern Regional Landfill. Contact TTSD for guidance at (530) 583-7800.

Guidance: If you are still uncertain about your battery type contact us directly at (530) 583-7800 M-F 8am – 4pm.

Recycling: Use designated drop-off centers. Never dispose of uncertain batteries in trash or curbside recycling bins.

Recycling Locations

Curbside Recycling

Prepared household & rechargeable batteries set out on top of your trash can.

Eastern Regional Landfill Drop-off

870 Cabin Creek Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

Household, Rechargeable, Automotive

Truckee Town Hall Drop-off

10183 Truckee Airport Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

Household batteries only.

Why Recycle Batteries?

Recycling batteries is more than just a responsible disposal method—it’s a crucial step towards a sustainable future.

Here’s why:

Conservation of Resources:

  • Save Valuable Materials: Batteries contain precious metals like lithium, nickel, and lead, which are finite. Recycling enables the recovery and reuse of these materials, reducing the need to mine new resources.
  • Efficiency: Reusing materials from recycled batteries uses less energy than extracting and processing raw materials, enhancing overall environmental efficiency.

Protect the Environment:

  • Prevent Pollution: Batteries disposed of in landfills can leak harmful chemicals into the soil and waterways, posing risks to wildlife and human health. Recycling batteries keeps these toxic substances out of our environment.
  • Reduce Hazard: Properly recycling batteries minimizes the risk of fires in waste facilities caused by battery sparks or shorts, ensuring safer waste management practices.

Join Tahoe Truckee in Making a Difference,
One Battery at a Time.

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