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Mercury-Containing Lamps & Devices

Lamps and other mercury-containing devices are hazardous to the environment if not discarded properly. It is illegal to include these products with regular garbage.

Mercury-containing devices include:

  • Barometers
  • Electric switches and relays
  • Lamps (including linear tubes; U-shaped tubes; circular tubes; compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs; high intensity discharge, or HID, lamps such as mercury vapor, high-pressure sodium, and metal halide)
  • Manometers
  • Marine float switches
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats

Digital thermometers and thermostats do not contain mercury and can go in the regular garbage.

NYC mayoral agencies should use the Agency Safe Handling contract to properly disposal of fluorescent lamps.

Non-mayoral agencies and nonprofits should hire a third party recycler. The Agency Safe Handling vendor may honor contract pricing for non-mayoral agencies and nonprofits.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) provides information on recycling fluorescent lighting and a database of lighting recyclers.

Vendors may offer either collection services or pre-paid containers for returning products for recycling.