Using CFL light bulbs instead of incandescent can reduce home electric usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even though there are environmental and economic benefits in using CFL, each CFL contains a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing, an average of five milligrams (approximately the size of the tip of a ball point pen). It is environmentally beneficial to recycle CFL rather than disposing it in the garbage.
Effective June 1, 2019, curbside residents may dispose of florescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs and high intensity lamps through the Waste Management (WM) At Your Door Special Collection Service. Please visit www.WMATYOURDOOR.com or contact WM at (800) 449-7587.
The Department of Public Works is also currently also accepting 4” and 8” long CFL bulbs at 77 W. Hintz Road, Monday- Friday (excluding holidays), 7 am to 3 pm. Spent bulbs must be placed in a zip-lock type bag for protection.
Residents may also visit https://www.swancc.org/programs/fluorescent-bulb-recycling for other drop-off locations.
CFLs from business or institutional establishments will not be accepted. This program is only for residents.