Household hazardous waste disposal

How to safely dispose of fluorescent bulbs

Fluorescent lights save energy and money, and protect the environment. Using them reduces the amount of energy that needs to be produced by power plants. Fluorescent lights also contain small amounts of mercury, so they need to be managed properly. There are several options for recycling fluorescent lights here in Thurston County.

How to prepare lamps for recycling

Used lamps are fragile and should be handled carefully to avoid breakage. The best way to transport fluorescent tubes is in their original box. If this is not possible, you can wrap them in newspaper or plastic to keep them from breaking. Please do not tape tubes together, as they will need to be loose to be recycled. Burnt out bulbs may also be placed in a 6-pack container, packed with newspapers.

flourscentWhat to do if you break a fluorescent bulb

Because fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, broken bulbs need to be cleaned up with care. Learn what to do if a bulb breaks.Place broken materials in the garbage after properly cleaning up. HazoHouse does not accept broken fluorescent lights.

Where to recycle fluorescent bulbs

  • Hazohouse All types of mercury-containing lamps can be recycled at HazoHouse, including straight fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), high-intensity discharge lamps, neon lamps, and mercury vapor lamps. Please bring no more than 10 tubes or bulbs per day per customer, and no more than 15 ballasts per day per customer.
  • Where do I take my? Use the Where Do I Take My? online search tool to find a list of additional locations that accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling. It’s best to call before you drive to make sure a location will accept them.”

For information on recycling fluorescent bulbs for businesses, call the Thurston County Business Pollution Program at 360-867-2664.

Contact us

Call the Solid Waste Info Line at (360) 867-2491 or e-mail.

The Thurston County Solid Waste Program is a division of they county's Public Works Department.

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