A-Z Recycling Guide -- Light Bulbs/Fluorescent Lighting
Fluorescent lights and fixtures and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) require special handling and disposal. For recommendations, go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star fact sheet.
The National Electrical Manufacturer's Association provides a website for information about the handling and disposal of fluorescent lighting. Earth911.org provides a listing of recycling locations by zip code.
Incandescent bulbs/lamps may be placed in regular trash. Consider replacing with a more effecient and recyclable lightbulb.
Fluorescent bulbs (CFL or tubes) and Halogens should not be placed in trash, curb-side recycling or drop-off centers. Please read below for more information on appropriate disposal.
Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility
1901c 63rd Street
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed for public holidays
Resident Household Hazardous Wastes
Boulder County’s Hazardous Materials Management Facility is open for household hazardous waste drop off from all residents of Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and the Town of Erie. Proof of residency (for example, your driver's license, vehicle registration, voter identification, tax certificate, lease agreement or utility bill) is required when you drop-off your wastes. Hazardous wastes are recycled or disposed of properly.
Broomfield, Longmont, and Superior hold annual or periodic hazardous waste collection events for their residents. Please call your local town/city hall for details.
Accepts unused and unwanted hazardous products year-round from residents of Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and Town of Erie. This includes residents of Allenspark, Boulder, Broomfield, Erie, Hygiene, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward. Proof of residency (e.g. driving license, voter ID, tax certificate, lease agreement) is required. Materials accepted include household cleaners, solvents, fluorescent tubes, glues, cleaners, pesticides, automotive fluids, automobile batteries, paint and paint products and rechargeable and non-alkaline batteries. Radioactive, explosive, shock-sensitive, infectious, and commercially generated wastes are not accepted.
Business (commerical businesses, agencies, non-profits, institutions, religious organizations, and schools) wastes are accepted by appointment only. Please visit website for details and application:
Many Colorado Ace Hardware stores are accepting used compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and mercury-containing thermostats for recycling. (No fluorescent tubes). They do no accept incandescent light bulbs. Visit their website to find the store nearest you and whether or not they are a participating location.
2171 E. 74th Ave.
Denver, CO 80229
Recycles all types of light bulbs including incandescents for a fee. Contact them directly for hours of operation and fees. Bring to their location during business hours. Sells recycling boxes with postage that you can send directly to a recycler. Will pick up from your site if you exceed their minimum requirement.
2825 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Sells a postage pre-paid container for fluorescent bulbs to be mailed in for recycling.
All locations nationwide are accepting CFL bulbs (no tubes or incandescents) for recycling.
Recycles fluorescent lamps and CFLs. Provides pre-paid packaging for residences and businesses.
Veolia Environmental Services
Collects large commercial quantities of batteries. Also provides OnyxPaks for shipping smaller amounts of batteries, fluorescent bulbs and mercury devices for decontamination and recycling. Also recycles a wide variety of electronic and electrical equipment. Please call or view website for shipping instructions, restrictions and fees.
Aircycle recycles several varieties of flourescent and incandescent lamps, ballast, and batteries. See website for pickup of large quantities or to obtain mail-in packages for smaller quantities.