Fluorescent lights save electricity and are a good choice for energy conservation. However, they do contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing, making the lights toxic and banned from being put in the trash.
Currently, only Allied Waste of Daly City and GreenWaste (Portola Valley and Woodside) allow single family home residents to place compact fluroescent bulbs in a bag on their recycling bins for pickup.
At Your Door Service
If you live in Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, San Carlos, San Mateo, or a variety of neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of the County, you can call 1-800-HHW-PKUP to arrange for pickup of the whole range of household hazardous waste, at your doorstep.
For more details, visit Rethink Waste.
Drop Where You Shop
Some businesses that sell compact fluorescent bulbs or tubes will take used-up ones back from their customers. Since this service is voluntary, participating stores do change. Currently, these include all Home Depot, OSH and IKEA stores, as well as some independent hardware stores.
To check for locations near you, visit www.Recycleworks.org and use the Recycling Search function at the bottom left of their homepage. (Be sure to call the business and double-check before hand, as well.)
Use the County's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program
Have you cleaned out your house and gotten a load of HHW ready? Don’t live in an At Your Door city (see above)? Make an appointment online, and drop off your fluorescent lights along with everything else.
Find information on how to recycle other household hazardous wastes.