If you're disposing rechargeable batteries, good news, you can just walk into a Best Buy and drop them off into their tech recycling bins usually in the front entrance. But if you've a collection of single use dry cell batteries, you'll want to abide by your specific state laws (here in California, under the California Universal Waste Rule, household batteries are considered hazardous waste and cannot be put into the trash because of their mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel content).
So where to go with your big bag of batteries? Here in Los Angeles, you might be surprised to find some County Public Library will take and properly dispose of batteries. There are also mobile Household Hazardous Waste Events alongside a permanent center operated by the City of Los Angeles.
Better yet, here are some retail stores and businesses which can take your batteries the next time you're shopping...or even getting your oil changed:
- Home Depot (call your nearby location to check if they accept)
- Best Buy
- Jiffy Lube
- Target Stores
- B & B Hardware