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 and/or tubes will take used-up ones back from their customers. Since this service is voluntary, participating stores do change.
Below are current locations that collect all shapes and sizes of fluorescent lights from compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) up to 8 foot fluorescent tubes. Before you visit, be sure to call the business for hours of operation.
|Brisbane Hardware||1 Visitacion Ave||415-467-2707|
|Hassett Hardware||545 First Avenue||348-1082|
|Carlmont Ace Hardware||1029 Alameda De Las Pulgas||593-4072|
|Hassett Hardware||348 Woodside Plaza||474-2223|
|Roberts Hardware & Tack||3044 Woodside Rd||851-1084|
|Portola Valley Hardware||112 Portola Road||701-0137|
|Linda Mar Ace Home Center||560 San Pedro Ave||359-2401|
|Half Moon Bay|
|Hassett Hardware||111 Main St.||726-5505|
Note: Home Depot, IKEA, OSH, and Lowe's also accept compact fluorescent lights ONLY.
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.