Button Cell Batteries

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Contains Mercury
Hazardous Waste


The Town of Truckee offers a free battery recycling program through curbside collection (see instructions provided below):

Batteries can start fires when their terminals are allowed to touch, so put electrical tape on each battery terminal. Next, place batteries into a Ziploc bag, and then stack these bags on top of the trash. These bags will be collected free of charge.


Residents may also recycle common household batteries such as AA, AAA, C cells, D cells, button batteries and rechargeable FREE at any of the recycling drop-off locations (see below):

Eastern Regional Landfill

Ace Mountain Hardware and Sports
11320 Donner Pass Road | (530) 587-4844
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Truckee Tahoe Radio Station 101.5 FM
12030 Donner Pass Road | (530) 587-9999
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Truckee Town Hall Lobby
10183 Truckee-Tahoe Airport Rd. | (530) 582-7700
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17356 Northwoods Blvd | (530) 582-0300
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Glenshire Elementary School 
10990 Dorchester Drive | (530) 582-7675
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Alder Creek Middle School 
10931 Alder Drive | (530) 582-2750
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Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company
10242 Church Street | (530) 587-9211
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Never Throw in the Trash

Button batteries sometimes contain mercury. Even if they don’t, they are banned from the trash because they contain other toxic and corrosive chemicals. Dispose of them as Household Hazardous Waste.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Best Buy will take back rechargeable batteries as well as the following: battery backups (ups), button batteries, cellphone batteries and laptop batteries. They do not accept single-use, car or other wet cell batteries. Find out more.

The Battery Solutions Recycling Program

Battery Solutions offers battery recycling kits and services to businesses, municipalities and residences. Their programs aim to help people recycle their batteries properly and conveniently. Learn more.

The Big Green Box Battery Recycling Program

The Big Green Box is a mail-in battery recycling program for both residences and businesses. Their system is simple: order a box, fill it up with your used batteries and then ship it back to the company’s EPA-approved recycling center. Learn more.

Did You Know?

Why Is Mercury Still in Batteries?

Mercury is included in batteries for a reason: It’s used as a stabilizer and gives batteries a longer life. In 1996, the Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act prohibited the sale of mercury-oxide batteries in the U.S., except for select applications.