Batteries that are in many common electronic devices such as watches, hearing aids, clocks, computer peripherals, and cameras are considered household hazardous waste and must not be placed in the trash or in recycling containers.
The City of Palm Springs has developed a household battery recycling program so that residents and visitors can take their used batteries and electronics to convenient locations throughout the city so that they can be recycled. Dropoff locations include:
Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs Fire Station #2, 300 N. El Cielo
Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way
Palm Springs Animal Shelter, 4575 E. Mesquite Road
Demuth Community Center, 3601 E. Mesquite Ave.
James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 Tramview Road
The City is also providing collection boxes that residents can use to accumulate their batteries at home before dropping them off. These boxes are available at each of the recycling stations – just ask one of the City staff.
Please recycle safely! You can deposit items such as AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 Volt batteries, old cell phones, and other small electronics directly into the containers. For batteries bigger than 9 Volts or lithium and lithium ion batteries, please tape the terminals or ends of the batteries. This helps prevent them from reacting with other batteries. If batteries are inside small electronic devices that you want to dispose of (a camera for example), just leave them inside the device.
For larger batteries such as car batteries, please take these to the Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff facility located at 1100 Vella Road on Saturday mornings.