Fluorescent Bulbs & Tubes


Recycle fluorescent bulbs and tubes at no charge by taking them to authorized collection sites within LightRecycle Washington's network. Recycle up to 10 fluorescent lights, CFLs (compact fluorescent lights), or HID (high intensity discharge) lamps a day.


Broken bulb? Clean it up safely

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury, a toxin that is dangerous if inhaled. Follow these instructions to safely clean up a broken fluorescent light and limit your exposure to mercury.

  1. Avoid breathing vapors or touching broken materials. Do not vacuum or sweep.
  2. Open windows to vent vapors and leave the area for 15 minutes.
  3. Find a container to put the broken pieces into. You'll need to be able to seal it up afterwards.
  4. Use stiff paper or cardboard to pick up large pieces. Use duct tape to pick up small pieces and powder.
  5. Wipe the area with a damp paper towel or wet wipe.
  6. Place all materials in an air-tight container, such as a plastic bag that you seal with tape.
  7. Wash your hands.
  8. Take the sealed container to a LightRecycle Washington collection siteDo not throw in the trash.

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