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Excited about getting energy-efficient lighting into your home, but not sure what to do with those compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs once they're spent?
Like other household hazardous waste (for example, batteries or paint cans) you can't just throw a used up CFL bulb in the regular garbage. CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and therefore need to be disposed of properly. The good thing is that because they last longer than regular bulbs, you won't have to dispose of them very often!
Below is a partial list of CFL recycling and disposal depots and resources to help you find the closest location to you. To start, we recommend checking with your local municipality for CFL recycling options. If you know of an option that should be listed here, please contact us with the details so that we can add it.
Recycling and disposal depots
All Across North America
- IKEA stores across North America.
- EARTH 911 features a great utility for finding CFL bulb recycling centres across America.
- Lamp Recycle is a resource for any light bulb user seeking details on recycling spent mercury-containing lamps, and a whole lot more.
- EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Recycle a Bulb - An excellent resource for US citizens looking to recycle their CFL bulbs.
- Home Depot - Home Depot locations across the U.S. accept CFLs for recycling
- Rona - Check with your local Rona store to find out if they accept CFLs for recycling.
- Proeco Corporation
7722 - 9th Street, Edmonton Alberta, T6P 1L6
Phone: 800-661-5792 or 780-440-1825, fax: (780) 440-2428
- London Drugs - Check with your local London Drugs location about CFL recycling.
- List of CFL recycling locations in British Columbia.
- Recycling Council of British Columbia - search for locations to recycle CFL bulbs and other products across BC.
- Nu Life Industries Inc.
#1, 3347 - 262nd Street, Aldergrove British Columbia, V4W 3V9
Contact: Tom Harris
- Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers Technologies (FLR) Inc.
75 Wanless Court, Ayr Ontario, N0B 1E0
Contact: Tom Maxwell
- Canadian Tire - Check with your local Canadian Tire about CFL recycling
- K-light Recycling 1665 St. John St. Regina, Saskatchewan, recycles a wide variety of lighting products including CFLs