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Recycling and Disposal of HPS and Other Bulbs that Contain Mercury

EPA recommends that consumers take advantage of available local options for recycling CFLs, fluorescent bulbs, HPS and other bulbs that contain mercury, and all other hazardous wastes, rather than disposing of them in regular trash.

View information about CFL recycling and disposal requirements specifically for businesses.

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Why is Recycling Mercury based  Important?

  • Recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment.  CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs often break when thrown into a dumpster, trash can or compactor, or when they end up in a landfill or incinerator. Learn more about CFLs and mercury.
  • Other materials in the bulbs get reused.  Recycling CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs allows the reuse of the glass, metals and other materials that make up fluorescent lights. Virtually all components of a fluorescent bulb can be recycled.
  • Your area may prohibit disposal and/or require recycling.  Some states and local jurisdictions have more stringent regulations than U.S. EPA does, and may require that you recycle CFLs and other mercury-containing light bulbs. Visit EXIT to contact your local waste collection agency, which can tell you if such a requirement exists in your state or locality.  We are aware that the following states prohibit mercury-containing lamps from being discarded into landfills: