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“The Big Green Box”: The Safe Way to Dispose of Batteries 

The Tracy Public Works Department would like the public to remember there are new rules when it comes to disposing of all batteries. Batteries are now considered universal waste and can no longer be disposed of in the regular garbage. That means they must be recycled to protect the environment. The City has partnered with San Joaquin County for a pilot project called “The Big Green Box."

This program offers an easy and flexible way to recycle batteries and portable electronic devices. “The Big Green Box” allows for you to drop off used batteries at designated locations around Tracy to keep batteries from being sent to the landfill.

What goes into “The Big Green Box?” All batteries that are alkaline, lithium, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion. You may also place cellular telephones, pagers, wireless communication devices such as PDA’s, MP3’s, chargers, and any other small devices that are designed to operate on battery power.

Drop off is always free. The batteries need to be placed in a plastic bag before recycling. This program is designed to help the public recycle the dry cell batteries from their wireless household products.

The Tracy Public Works Department would like the public to properly recycle old batteries year round by depositing them at any of the following locations (print):

** Some locations may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.  It's recommended to call ahead to verify accessibility.

  • City Hall – 333 Civic Center Plaza**
  • Public Works Department – 520 Tracy Boulevard – Gate 3**
  • Tracy Police Department – 1000 Civic Center Plaza
  • Fire Administration – 835 Central Avenue**
  • Fire Station 91 – 1701 W. 11th Street
  • Fire Station 92 - 1035 E. Grant Line Road
  • Fire Station 93 - 1551 W. Durham Ferry Road
  • Fire Station 94 – 16501 W. Schulte Road
  • Fire Station 96 – 1800 W. Grant Line Road
  • Fire Station 97 – 595 W. Central Avenue
  • Lolly Hanson Senior Center – 375 E. 9th Street**
  • Tracy Public Library – 20 E. Eaton Avenue**
  • Tracy Recycling Buyback Center – 590 E. 10th Street**
  • Tracy Delta Disposal Office – 30703 MacArthur Drive
  • Material Recovery Facility – 30703 MacArthur Drive

Also remember, any retailers that sell rechargeable batteries and/or cell phones are required to take them back from consumers (you don’t have to be a customer).

For more information about “The Big Green Box” or any of Tracy’s recycling efforts, call 831-6300.

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