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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.

Broken Light Clean-up Procedure

Be careful not to break fluorescent or HID lights. However, if a light breaks, do not panic; just follow these simple instructions:

  • Avoid breathing vapors or touching broken materials. Do not vacuum or sweep.
  • Open windows to vent vapors for at least 15 minutes. Leave the area during this time.
  • Use stiff paper or cardboard to pick up large pieces.
  • Use duct tape to pick up small pieces and powder.
  • Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or wet wipe.
  • Place all materials in an air-tight container, such as a plastic bag that is completely sealed with tape.
  • Be sure to include the broken light and any items that were used to clean it up.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Bring the sealed bag or container to a LightRecycle Washington Collection Site for recycling.