Car Batteries Hazardous Waste See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage or Drains Car batteries can be brought to North County Recycling Center & Sanitary Landfill, Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility & Transfer Station, Central Valley Waste Transfer Station or San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. CAR BATTERY RECYCLERS: American Battery2245 W. Charter Way, Stockton, CA 95206 | (209) 464-7348 Map & DirectionsDrop off only. Batteries Plus3330 E. Hammer Lane, Suite E, Stockton, CA 95212 | (209) 952-1438 Map & DirectionsDrop off only. Charles Auto Parts4515 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA 95215 | (209) 466-0841 Map & DirectionsAlso accepts radiators, no fluid. Drop off only. Pep BoysLocation #1: 845 E. Charter Way,Stockton, CA 95206 | (209) 464-6066 Map & DirectionsOnly with purchase of new battery. Location #2: 4987 West Lane, Stockton, CA 95210 | (209) 952-1222 Map & DirectionsOnly with purchase of new battery. Sears5110 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207 | (209) 475-6528 Map & DirectionsDrop off only. Find out what to do with hazardous waste Never Throw Away Car batteries from non-electric vehicles are lead-acid batteries that are illegal to throw in the trash. They can leach harmful chemicals into the water and soil, which would contaminate drinking water sources. Car Batteries Are Scrap Metal Used car batteries can be recycled as scrap metal at a scrapyard that pays for them. Alternative Ways to Recycle Return to the Store When it’s time to buy a new car battery, bring the old one to the retailer or dealership. Certified service shops collect them and then ship out massive quantities of old batteries to be recycled. Firestone Battery Recycling Program Firestone sells tires along with other auto products and services. They run a free battery recycling program that accepts drop-offs. Find a store. Recycle With AutoZone AutoZone is the second largest retailer of aftermarket car parts. They accept old car batteries at their store locations. Find a store. Recycle With Sears Auto Center If you plan to purchase a battery from Sears Auto Center, they will accept DieHard® and Plus Start Batteries for recycling. Find a store. Did You Know? Job Creation and Automotive Recycling In the United States, the automotive recycling industry employs more than 140,000 people nationwide, bringing in about $32 billion in sales each year. About 86 percent of a whole vehicle can be recycled into new car parts or other consumer products. Find out more.