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?
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs, the swirl bulb)
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.
EPA: Steps to Take if a CFL Breaks
National Resources Defense Council's Light Bulb Guide & Facts About Mercury