Disposal of defective Fluorescent Light bulbs
Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Hazardous Materials Division
State Lamp Disposal Policies
Disposing of your lamps
Most states do not have special requirements for the disposal of
regular household mercury-containing fluorescent lamps (including
compact fluorescents), although a few states and localities ban
homeowners from disposing of such lamps in normal household trash.
Recycling your lamps
Many towns and cities offer recycling opportunities at local
recycling centers or transfer stations. There may also be household
hazardous waste collection days when fluorescent lamps are collected
along with paints, pesticides, used motor oil, etc. Contact your
local waste disposal officials for details. State requirements and
recycling opportunities vary.
For more information, including a list of companies that recycle
lamps, visit www.lamprecycle.org.