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SLO Take Back Program

Through the IWMA’s SLO Take Back Program, every retailer that sells household batteries, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes, mercury-added thermostats, paints, sharps and medication in San Luis Obispo County must take those items back from the public for free.

Bring your single-use batteries, button batteries, rechargeable batteries, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, mercury thermostats, paint, needles and sharps and unwanted medication to any retail store that sells the above items during regular store hours for FREE recycling. Single-use batteries should be fully discharged, button batteries should have tape placed over the metal contacts, and CFLs may not be broken. Sharps must be in a certified collection container. Hint: ask your pharmacist for a FREE certified collection container. Then fill it, seal it and return it to your pharmacy for FREE disposal.

Small businesses in San Luis Obispo County can also participate but must call (805) 782-8530 to make an appointment.

Battery, CFL and Thermostat Retailers in San Luis Obispo County

Over 300 businesses in San Luis County participate in the SLO Take-Back Program. Click on your community to find a business near you.

  • Businesses marked with * take batteries only.
  • Businesses marked with  take CFLs and fluorescent tubes only.
Arroyo Grande 

Brisco’s True Value Hardware
DE Regan Audiologist
Dollar Tree Stores
Miner’s Ace Hardware
Office Max
Rite Aid

*7-Eleven Food Store
*Arco AM/PM
*Arroyo Grande Shell Station
*Farm Supply Company
*JJ’s Market
*Last Chance Liquor
*Lopez Lake Marina
*Mesa View Market

†CD Pet Garden & Emporium
†Sweet Harvest Hydroponics and Organics


Dollar Tree
Food 4 Less
Home Depot
CVS Pharmacy
Miner’s Ace Hardware
Rite Aid

*7-Eleven Food Store
*Hearing Aid Specialists
*Arco AM/PM
*Chalk Mountain Liquor
*Circle K Food Store
*El Camino Liquor
*Hobby Headquarters
*JMC Wireless
*Palomar Creek Mini Mart
*Shore’s Service Station
*Stage Coach Liquor
*Unocal 76 San Anselmo Minkel’s
*Verizon Wireless

†McNamara Electric

Avila Beach 

*Avila Grocery & Deli

California Valley 

California Valley Community Services District


Cambria Hardware
Cookie Crock Market

*Cambria Drug & Gift
*Cambria General Store
*Old Cambria Market Place/Shell
*The Pit Stop


*Cayucos Liquor
*Cayucos Pharmacy
*Cayucos Super Market
*Paul’s Liquor


*Creston Market

Grover Beach 

Miner’s Ace Hardware

*7-Eleven Food Store
*Ben’s Computer Outlet
*Grover Liquors
*Market Express
*Pocket Book Grocery

†South County Sanitary
†The Animal Kingdom

Los Osos 

Miner’s Ace Hardware
Ralph’s Grocery
Rite Aid

*Baywood Market
*Los Osos Phone & Wireless-Verizon
*Los Osos Rexall Drug Store
*Los Osos Valley Liquor
*Los Osos Valley Shell

Morro Bay 

Albertson’s Supermarket
Dollar Tree Store
Miner’s Ace Hardware

*Arco AM/PM
*Bottle Liquor
*Cookie Crock
*Lighthouse Liquor
*MB Mobil Mart
*Morro Bay Market & Spirits
*Coast Electronics
*Rite Aid
*Strictly PC
*Sunset Liquor

†City of Morro Bay


Nipomo Ace Hardware

*Chevron Gas Station
*CVS Pharmacy
*La Placita Market
*Stop And Buy

†Nipomo Community Services District


Oceano Community Services District

*Central Market
*Johnson’s Market & Gifts
*Oceano Market/Valero
*Pier Liquor

Paso Robles 

Blake’s True Value Hardware
Coast Electronics
Dollar Tree Store
Food 4 Less
Hayward Lumber
Heritage Ranch Community Services District
Orchard Supply Hardware
Paso Robles Waste Disposal
Rite Aid
Target/CVS Pharmacy

*AM PM Mini Mart
*Appy’s Liquor
*AT&T Hightower PCS
*Big Creek Lumber
*City of Paso Robles
*Boost Mobile
*Eagle Energy 76 Station
*Exxon One Stop
*Farm Supply Company
*JMC Wireless
*J-N-J’s Liquor
*Lake Nacimiento Resort
*Matt’s Music
*Miracle-Ear Center
*Nology Computer
*Paso Hearing Aid Center
*Paso Robles Waste and Recycle
*Paso Robles Union 76
*Pioneer Food Mart
*Savage Spirits and Deli
*Spirit & Gas Food
*Wayside Liquor & Deli
*Woodland Chevron

†Blake’s True Value Home Center
†Alameda Electrical Distributors
†Food 4 Less
†Hayward Lumber
†The Pet Department

Pismo Beach 

California Fresh Market
CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid

*7-Eleven Food Store
*Chevron Market Plus
*Esquire News
*Verizon Wireless
*Pismo Beach Liquor
*Pismo Market
*Price Street Market
*Spirit Gas & Food

San Luis Obispo 

Best Buy
California Fresh Market San Luis Obispo
Cuesta Equipment
Dollar Tree Store
Food 4 Less
Hayward Lumber
Home Depot
Miner’s Ace Hardware
Ralphs Grocery
Rite Aid
San Luis Garbage Co.
Smart & Final
Target/CVS Pharmacy
Whole Foods Market

*7-Eleven Food Store
*Advanced Hearing Aid Center
*Arco AM/PM
*AT&T Wireless
*Campus Bottle
*Coast Electronics
*Cork N Bottle Liquor Store & Deli
*Crossroads Deli & Pub
*Cuesta College Bookstore
*CVS Pharmacy
*Edna Valley Market/Shell
*El Corral Bookstore
*Farm Supply Company
*Karen M. Scott Audiology
*Laurel Lane Liquor
*Metro PCS Authorized Dealer
*Miracle-Ear Center
*Shell Station
*Sidewalk Market & Deli
*SLO Beverage ‘n More

†Tropics Aquarium Professionals

San Miguel 

San Miguel Community Services District

*San Miguel Garbage Company

San Simeon 

Hearst Castle Aramark Gift Shop
San Simeon Liquor
San Simeon Market

Santa Margarita 

Margarita Plaza Liquor

Shell Beach 

Shell Beach Liquor
Shell Beach Market
Shell Beach Shell
Spyglass Liquor & Deli


Hewitt Hardware
Templeton Community Services District
Weyrick Lumber

*A-1 Liquor
*Templeton Chevron
*Templeton Market & Deli
*Templeton Spirits


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