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Dispose of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Safely!compact fluorescent light


Replacing conventional light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is a great way to save on energy bills and protect the environment. CFLs use 1/4 to 1/5 the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 times longer. They can be used anywhere you would use a regular light bulb, but have the longest life if they are generally left on for more than 15 minutes.

Like all fluorescent bulbs, CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which means that improper disposal of spent bulbs can lead to health and environmental risks. Don’t throw used CFLs in the trash or break them; save them in a safe place (keep the original packaging!) until you can take them to one of the following locations

  • Puget Sound Energy – 1329 State Street (CFLs only)
  • Home Depot – 420 Telegraph Road (CFLs only)
  • Disposal of Toxics – 3505 Airport Drive (CFLs and tubes)
  • Lowe's Home Improvement - 1050 E. Sunset Dr. (CFLs only)

If you have more questions or are a business interested in recycling fluorescent lighting call Disposal of Toxics at (360) 380-4640.

If a fluorescent light breaks, it is very important to follow the proper cleaning procedures. Review the information here to learn how to safely deal with a small mercury spill.

Fluorescent tubes are only accepted at the Disposal of Toxics facility.


Contact Us

Solid Waste Division, Whatcom County Public Works
322 N. Commercial Street,  Suite 210, Bellingham, WA 98225; (360) 676-7695