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Consumers

The LightRecycle Washington program began on January 1, 2015 for the collection and recycling of mercury-containing lights sold at retail.

A network of collection sites has been established throughout Washington State that includes retailers, municipal waste facilities, collection events, and residential curbside collection. Washington State residents and businesses can recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day for free, by dropping them off at authorized Collection Sites throughout the State.

Recycling mercury-containing lights protects the environment and human health by reducing the release of mercury, a potent neurotoxin.

Accepted Lights

Recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day. Mercury-containing lights include lamps, bulbs, tubes, or other devices that contain mercury and provide functional illumination in homes, businesses, and outdoor stationary fixtures.

The main categories of mercury-containing lights accepted by LightRecycle Washington are:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
    CFLs are known for their “corkscrew” design, but also come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and styles. The program accepts all types and sizes of CFLs including pin-base, shielded CFLs and various output wattages.
  • Fluorescent Tubes
    Straight or linear fluorescent tubes come in different lengths (such as 8ft, 4ft or shorter) and widths (such as T5s, T8s or T12s) as well as sometimes in u-shaped, curved or circular. 
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID)
    HID lamps come in a variety of shapes and sizes. HID lamp types include High Pressure Sodium, Mercury Vapour, Metal Halide, Ultraviolet (UV), Ultra High Performance (UHP) and Germicidal.
  • Also accepted are accidentally broken lights, in sealed containers, such as a plastic bag.
  • For information about recycling products other than mercury-containing lights in Washington State, visit 1800recycle.wa.gov or call 1-800-RECYCLE