Car Batteries Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Hazardous Waste You can dispose of car batteries at a Household Hazardous Waste Facility in San Luis Obispo County. Several local businesses accept used car batteries. Absolute Auto Tech 805 Capitolio Way, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 547-1062Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pmAccepts lead acid batteries. Battery Systems 8165 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 466-47491142 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-6337Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pmAccepts lead acid batteries. Paso Robles Recycling3550 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-4678Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 4:30pmAccepts lead acid batteries. 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. 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. 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.