Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Some local hardware/home improvement stores: Lowes, Menards. These locations do not typically accept ballasts. Call ahead to verify.


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.