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) 547-1062
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Accepts lead acid batteries.

Battery Systems
8165 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 466-4749
1142 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-6337
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Accepts lead acid batteries.

3980 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 466-7700
Hours: Daily 8am – 10pm
If possible, trade in when purchasing a new auto battery.

Paso Robles Recycling
3550 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-4678
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 4:30pm
Accepts lead acid batteries.

Trash Bin

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.


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.