Light Bulbs (CFL) & Fluorescent Light Tubes


Why can't it go in the recycling bin?

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) and fluorescent light tubes should not be put into (or placed next to) the curbside recycling or trash carts. The components in these items (mercury in light tubes) need to be recycled separately/properly and should not be mixed in with the contents of residential recyclable items or placed into the landfill. Mercury in light tubes can be reused in new bulbs or products like thermostats. Glass and aluminum in bulbs can also be recycled and reused as new products when recycled at a proper facility.

If I can't put it in the curbside recycling bin, where can it go?

When disposing of old light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes do so responsibly and never in the landfill. Dispose of them at Ingham County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility, the Lansing Board of Water and Light or at a number of local businesses (see below). Please note that there are costs associated with some of these recycling options and this is not an exhaustive list. 

  • Bohnet Electric
    2918 N. Grand River Ave.
    Lansing, MI 48906
    Phone: (517) 327-9999

  • Clean Lites 
    665 Hull Road
    Mason, MI 48854
    Phone: (888) 676-0044

  • Delta Township Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries Office
    7710 W. Saginaw Highway
    Lansing, MI 48917
    Phone: (517) 323-8555

  • Delta Township Recycling Center
    5717 Millett Highway
    Lansing, MI 48917

  • Gilberts Do-It-Best Hardware
    12900 US 123, Suite 11
    DeWitt, MI 48820
    Phone: (517) 669-1200

  • Home Depot*
    1749 Newman Road
    Okemos, MI 48864
    Phone: (517) 381-0650

  • Horrocks Farm Market
    7420 W. Saginaw Highway
    Lansing, MI 48917
    Phone: (517) 323-3782

  • Lowe's Home Improvement*
    6821 S. Cedar Street
    Lansing, MI 48911
    Phone: (517) 699-2940

  • Lowe's Home Improvement*
    320 N. Marketplace Blvd.
    Lansing, MI 48917
    Phone: (517) 622-5755

  • Pet Supplies Plus*
    6030 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
    Lansing, MI 48911
    Phone: (517) 887-8130

    *does not accept larger/long tube fluorescent bulbs