Light Bulbs, Tubes, Ballasts & Lamps



Light bulbs with hazardous materials are a regulated waste stream for businesses. Learn how to recycle them at your company.

Which Ones Do I Recycle?

Contains Mercury 

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs, the swirl bulb)
Fluorescent tubes
High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, includes:

  • metal halide
  • mercury vapor
  • high pressure sodium lamps 
  • some neon lights


These types of bulbs do not contain mercury or hazardous material and can be thrown in the garbage.

  • Halogen incandescent bulbs
  • Incandescent bulbs

LED Light Bulbs

LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs do not contain mercury or other hazardous chemicals. These are not accepted through most drop-off options listed above. It is recommended that you double-bag when you dispose of them. Our Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off does accept them and the material is recycled.

More Information

EPA: Steps to Take if a CFL Breaks

National Resources Defense Council's Light Bulb Guide & Facts About Mercury

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