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Lighting

Recycling: Lighting fixtures made mostly from metal or rigid plastic can be recycled on your recycling collection day.

Garbage: Double-bag light bulbs and glass fixtures, and discard them in your regular garbage collection.

SAFE Disposal Events & Drop-Off Sites

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are accepted at SAFE Disposal Events and at Household Special Waste Drop-Off Sites.

Donations & Reuse

The proceeds from recycling used holiday lights sent to Christmas light source are used to donate books to Toys for Tots.

Holiday lights can be sent to HolidayLEDs.com in exchange for a coupon for new energy efficient LED holiday lights during their seasonal holiday-light recycling program.

Take-Back or Drop-Off

Compact fluorescent (CFL) lights contain small amounts of mercury. Take these back to a retailer that accepts CFLs, such as Home Depot, Ikea or Lowes.

Purchasing Tips

Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs reduces energy costs and waste. CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Most hardware stores carry a variety of energy-efficient compact fluorescents in shapes designed to fit fixtures both in and outside your home. CFLs and fluorescent tubes do contain minimal amounts of mercury, but are safe to use. If you break a bulb, follow the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) guidelines to ensure your safety.