Batteries & Recycling

Can I put old batteries in the trash?

No! Batteries don’t go in the trash. Batteries contain heavy metals and other hazardous materials that may leach out from landfills into the soil, contaminating precious ground water and everything around it.

What do I do with spent batteries?

The City of Ventura has established several alkaline battery collection locations (see list below). Batteries are also be brought to the City’s monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

I’m helping the environment by using rechargeable batteries. Can these be recycled?

YES! The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit organization created in 1994, is dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling in the U.S and Canada. More than 20 million pounds of rechargeable batteries have been successfully diverted from entering our nation’s solid waste stream.

How do I know if the rechargeable batteries I use can be recycled?

When you purchase rechargeable batteries, look for the logo featured here (RBRC). This is your key to purchasing rechargeable batteries that are indeed recyclable.

Ventura’s Rechargeable Battery Collection Locations

Gold Coast Recycling

5275 Colt Street, Ventura, Ca

Radio Shack

3301  E. Main Street, Ventura, CA

51 W. Main Street, Ventura, Ca

4756-1 Telephone Road, Ventura, Ca


3295 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA

City Office

City of Ventura, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura, CA

Alkaline and Rechargeable Battery Collection Locations:


Gold Coast Recycling, 5275 Colt Street, Ventura, CA

City of Ventura Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Front Lobby

City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Information Office, Planning Office

Police/Fire Headquarters, 1425 Dowell Drive, Front Lobby

Are You an Educator?

As a public service for battery recycling awareness, RBRC presents the Charge Up to Recycle! ® Battery Lesson Plan. Recommended for student’s ages 10 and up, the lesson plan can be implemented in its entirety or as a supplement to science course curriculums. Created by educators associated with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and rechargeable battery industry experts, the lesson plan has also been endorsed by the National Geographic Society TM for comprehensive coverage of the science and recycling of batteries.

Students will utilize their skills in science, mathematics, history, economics, chemistry and language arts while participating in interactive experiments and activities, and examining illustrations and graphs. The activities demonstrate how batteries work, explore different types of batteries, explain the need to recycle, and provide helpful battery usage and handling tips.

For additional copies of the RBRC Battery Lesson Plan, visit the RBRC web site at for a free download. RBRC welcomes your feedback to better educate our country’s youth about the importance, ease and accessibility of
rechargeable battery recycling for a cleaner, safer environment.

Source: or 1-800-8-BATTERY


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