Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling

Why recycle fluorescent light bulbs?

Using fluorescent bulbs is efficient; they last 10 times longer, operate at a cooler temperature (saving cooling costs), and use less energy while providing the same brightness and color as an incandescent bulb; HOWEVER, they do contain small amounts of mercury and therefore need to be recycled.  Mercury is a toxic material and, if placed in landfills, can leach into the soil or groundwater systems.  It is far better for us and for the environment if we recycle our used fluorescent bulbs.

Our Program

We recycle all of our used fluorescent bulbs.  We have recently adopted and implemented a Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that contains detailed instructions for Lead Custodians who are responsible for handling the bulbs and preparing them to be picked up for recycling.  The purpose of the SOP is to ensure the health and safety of our staff handling the mercury-containing bulbs, and also to ensure the bulbs are recycled.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Environmental Manager at 975-9340.

What can parents and students do with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) from their homes?

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority announced that CFLs will be accepted at the McIntire Recycling Center for residents of Albemarle County.