Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) (the small twisty type of light bulb) and fluorescent tubes contain a small amount of mercury and should be recycled whenever possible. The compact fluorescent bulbs can be recycled at all Lowes and Home Depot retail locations and at Batteries Plus Bulbs stores. Both compact and tube light bulbs are accepted at SWACO’s permanent Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- CFLs and tube fluorescent tubes should never be put in your curbside or drop-off recycling container.
- Broken CFLs and fluorescent tubes can release mercury vapor and should be cleaned up using U.S. EPA recommendations. U.S. EPA recommends that you DO NOT VACUUM the area where the bulb broke. Please read their recommendations.
- Other light bulbs such as: LED, incandescent and halogen bulbs are safe to dispose of in the trash.