Recycling & Safe Disposal of Fluorescent Light Bulbs in Macon County, IL
Recycling and disposal methods for fluorescent bulbs varies by type, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or tubes, as well as by application – household or commercial.
Residential, unbroken CFLs are collected at the following locations for recycling.
Kenny’s Ace Hardware
2880 S. Mt. Zion Road, Decatur
Lowe’s Home Improvement
990 Commerce Pl., Forsyth
Light bulbs generated from households may be placed with the trash destined for the landfill, but no light bulbs of any type should be placed in curbside recycling or drop-off single-stream recycling.
CFLs contain small amounts of mercury that may be released into the environment as vapor when the bulbs are broken or improperly disposed of. Care should be taken to avoid breakage but if a CFL does become broken, follow the USEPA guidelines for clean-up.
Even though CFLs contain mercury, the use of CFLs reduces the amount of mercury released into the environment because of their energy-savings as compared to less efficient bulbs. To learn more, visit the USEPA webpage about connections between mercury and CFLs.
Recycling for household, fluorescent tubes is not locally available. Mail-in recycling for fluorescent tubes and CFLs is available through fee-based programs such as the EasyPak program by Air Cycle Corporation.