Grant Project Expands Access to Lawncare Battery Recycling & Reuse

The Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, & Carpinteria are partnering on a grant project funded by CalRecycle to expand access to lawncare equipment battery recycling & potential reuse (batteries <300 Wh).

Gas powered lawn and garden equipment have engines that pollute our air and bodies. Making the switch to battery-powered lawn and garden equipment is healthier for you and the environment.

In California, it is illegal to put batteries in your trash or recycling containers because they can, and do, cause fires in trucks and facilities that endanger workers and damage expensive equipment. Instead, batteries must be taken to a designated location and this grant has made it even more convenient to do the right thing.

This new pilot program will collect, ship, and process your batteries for reuse in other products, while batteries that cannot be reused will be safely recycled. And the best part? It’s completely free for residents!

Recycling old batteries is extremely important but reuse is one way we can decrease our environmental impact even more! Don’t forget, reduce first, reuse second, and lastly recycle when you can’t do the first two!

Bring unwanted lawncare and garden equipment batteries 300 watt-hours (Wh) or less to:

Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center

415 E Gutierrez Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-7825

During regular business hours.


Please recycle all other batteries at:

Downtown Recycling Center (MarBorg)

132 Nopalitos Way Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 4 PM

(805) 963-1852

Questions about this program? Please call the Environmental Services Division main line at (805) 564-5631.

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