CFL Disposal

  • CFLs should be disposed of properly with other household hazardous waste products such as paint, batteries and thermostats. Avoid throwing out spent CFLs in the household trash.
  • CFLs contain electronic components and an extremely small amount of mercury-so small that it does not pose a health risk to you or your family.
  • Check with your local or municipal government entity responsible for solid waste or household hazardous waste collection for CFL disposal options.
  • To reduce the risk of bulb breakage and contamination, wrap the CFL in a sealed plastic bag before disposal.
  • CFLs should never be incinerated.

Allied Waste in Corvallis and some home improvement stores accept used CFLs for recycling. Here is a site to find other disposal locations: