Fluorescent Lights



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.


Curbside Collection


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.

North County

Brisbane Hardware1 Visitacion Ave415-467-2707
South County  
San Mateo  
Hassett Hardware545 First Avenue348-1082
Carlmont Ace Hardware1029 Alameda De Las Pulgas593-4072
Redwood City
Hassett Hardware348 Woodside Plaza474-2223
Roberts Hardware & Tack3044 Woodside Rd851-1084
Portola Valley
Portola Valley Hardware112 Portola Road701-0137
Linda Mar Ace Home Center560 San Pedro Ave359-2401
Half Moon Bay  
Hassett Hardware111 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.