Fluorescent light bulb recycling is available at the ACC CHaRM (1005 College Ave). Residential and commercial prices vary. Please drop off only unbroken fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs Monday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM and Saturday 8 AM - 12 PM.
Accepted items are:
Circular fluorescent bulbs
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
Eight-foot fluorescent bulbs
Four-foot fluorescent bulbs
Horseshoe-shaped fluorescent bulbs
In general, fluorescent tubes contain 94% glass, 4% ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and 2% phosphor powder, it is within this phosphor powder that the most hazardous element is contained - mercury. Mercury is a metal hazardous to human health and the environment. If the fluorescent bulb has Hg (the abbreviation for "hydrargyrum," which is the Latin name for mercury), it contains mercury and should be disposed of properly. One broken fluorescent bulb can contaminate 7,000 gallons of water with mercury.
If you break a bulb, view the EPA website's clean-up information. For additional information, contact the Recycling Division.
For more information about fluorescent bulbs, visit the sites below: