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Fluorescent lights are energy efficient and long-lasting, but they also contain mercury and lead, so they should be handled cautiously and disposed of safely.
When your fluorescent light bulbs flicker and fade, recycling them properly keeps you safe, and allows most of the glass, metal and mercury to be reused.
Contact your property manager or garbage company to see if they can recycle fluorescent bulbs for you.
Use Metro's Find a Recycler search tool to find a nearby facility that collects and recycles fluorescent bulbs.
If you’re looking for a replacement bulb, LEDs are even more efficient and longer-lasting than CFLs.
When an LED bulb burns out, it’s safe to throw it in the garbage.* Or, you can collect LEDs and find a recycler who can recycle them. (They can have quite a bit of nickel, which makes them worth recycling.) As with any bulb, they should NOT be put in with your mixed or glass recycling.
*Colored LEDs (red, blue, etc.) can contain lead and arsenic, so should be disposed of through a recycler that can process them safely, rather than thrown in the trash.