Florescent Bulbs

Fluorescent Bulbs

Do not place bulbs, including fluorescent, incandescent, LED or HID, in your curbside recycling or at our recycling drop-off sites.

Fluorescent bulbs include the long, skinny bulbs usually found in basements and garages light fixtures, the small, twisty compact bulbs (CFLs), U-shaped bulbs, and many other similar types of compact bulbs. 

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and other energy-efficient lighting such as fluorescent tube lamps and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps contain a very small amount of mercury. All fluorescent bulbs and ballasts should be recycled properly to protect public health and the environment. They are considered a household hazardous waste (HHW) and we accept them at our Trumbull Collection Facility

Compact fluorescent bulbs (the small, twisty CFLs) can also be recycled for free at Lowe's retail locations. Look for a drop box near the main entrance or customer service desk.

How do I clean-up a broken fluorescent bulb?
In 2010, the U.S. EPA released new guidelines on how to manage mercury-containing compact fluorescent light bulbs that break in the home. Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed in the glass tubing. When broken, some of the mercury is released as mercury vapor. The EPA states the bulb will continue to leak mercury vapor until it is cleaned up and removed from the home.

What about LED or halogen bulbs?
Incandescent lights, LED and halogen bulbs do not contain any dangerous chemicals. When the bulb is burned out, dispose in the regular trash.