Alkaline Battery Recycling Contest

hand holding 3 batteriesIn an effort to educate local students about the importance of protecting the environment, CMSD hosts an annual Alkaline Battery Recycling Contest among local schools. At the beginning of each school year, local schools are invited to participate in the contest for a chance to raise money for their school by ensuring that household batteries are collected and recycled. The contest is FREE to join, and all schools within CMSD’s service area are eligible to participate!

Here’s how it works:

  • Each participating school is given designated containers to collect household batteries.
  • Once the school fills at least 4 containers with household batteries, the batteries are collected, weighed, and recycled.
  • Near the end of the school year, CMSD announces the awards and the total weight of household batteries collected by each school.

Awards:2 men holding giant check in front of school playground

  • Most batteries collected (by weight):
    • 1st place – $1,200
    • 2nd place – $1,000
    • 3rd place – $800
    • 4th place and beyond:
      • Over 1,000 lbs. collected – $500
      • 500 to 999 lbs. collected – $350
      • 100 to 499 lbs. collected – $300
      • 51 to 99 lbs. collected – $200
      • Under 50 lbs collected – $100

Important Safety Information:

  • This program is intended to collect alkaline batteries only. Below are the types and sizes that are accepted:
    • illustration of varying battery types and sizes
  • For 9 Volt batteries, it is required to place tape on the metal terminals before placing them in the collection container.
  • The following battery types are NOT accepted:
    • Rechargeable Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
    • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)
    • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) over 9 volt
    • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) over 9 volt and Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) over 9 volt
    • Primary/Single-Use [Alkaline & Carbon Zinc over 12 volt]
  • NOTE: If any of the unacceptable battery types are mistakenly collected, they must be placed in plastic bags (one battery per bag) in order to avoid fire hazards. If plastic bags are unavailable, exposed battery terminals should be taped with non-conductive tape before placing them into a collection container.

If you represent a school within CMSD’s service area that wishes to participate in the contest, please contact District staff at (949) 645-8400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This program is conducted in partnership with Mercury Disposal Systems and CR&R Environmental Services.