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Light Bulb & Ballast Recycling

Fluorescent and HID light bulbs are energy-efficient options that can reduce energy usage and save money for businesses and consumers. Fluorescent and HID light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and it is important that they be properly managed at disposal.

In fact, many states and municipalities have laws addressing disposal of mercury-containing lighting. SYLVANIA recommends light bulb and ballast recycling as the most responsible method of disposal.

Handling Broken Light Bulbs

What to do if small numbers of mercury-containing light bulbs break

Fluorescent light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury vapor, which can be released into the air if the light bulbs are broken.
While there is no adverse health effects from occasional exposure to broken light bulbs (NEMA), there are precautions you can take to properly handle broken fluorescent light bulbs and ensure further safety.

Cleanup of Broken CFLs ENERGY STAR®- Cleanup of Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Mercury exposure: One Big Fish Story SYLVANIA Compact Fluorescent Product Safety Data Sheet

State Regulations and Statistics

Compare state regulations for light bulb disposal and recycling statistics

State Disposal Regulations

LEDVANCE is providing the following information as a service. These regulations change periodically, and it is always the end user's responsibility to ensure that light bulbs are disposed of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. Some states and localities have different statutes and disposal regulations regarding light bulbs. Consult your local and state authorities for the most up-to-date requirements for light bulb disposal.

The following states have landfill disposal bans for mercury-containing light bulbs. Here is a list of each state's disposal information:

Light Bulb Recycling Statistics

The national light bulb recycling rate in the commercial and industrial sectors is close to 30%, according to the Association of Light Bulb and Mercury Recyclers, while the residential recycling rate is at less than 5%.

Light Bulb and Ballast Recycling Programs

SYLVANIA provides an easy way to recycle all your light bulbs and ballasts -- for all brands of products

By separating items into their components and reusing the components and by-products, we are reducing waste and diverting waste from landfills, saving energy, and conserving our resources.

RecyclePAK® for Consumers & Communities
Consumers and communities can order pre-labeled recycling kits to recycle small and large quantities of CFLs and other light bulbs.
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CFL Collection
Find a compact fluorescent light bulbs collection site near you.
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