HOW TO RECYCLE YOUR FLOURESCENT
BULBS AND LAMPS
OPTION 1 : BRING THEM TO HOME IMPROVEMENT LOCATIONS
Free recycling of all types of flourescents. Drop of at customer service at any large retail home improvement store.
OPTION 2 : BRING THEM TO THE OTSEGO COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
The collection day is held every September. Store your bulbs safely to reduce the the risk of breakage. Disposal of CFL's and lamps up to 4 ft is FREE for households. Otsego County will pay for the first $50 of disposal costs for small businesses.
OPTION 3 : MAIL ORDER RECYCLING
Several companies on the internet sell mail order recycling kits for fluorescent bulbs. Kits consist of boxes or buckets with pre-paid return shipping for when the container is completely full.
CFL buckets typically hold 100 to 150 bulbs and cost between 75¢ and $1.50 per CFL. Kits for 4 ft lamps hold from 10 to 150 per box, and cost ranges from $1.50 to $8.50 per lamp, dependant on quantity and diameter. Kits for 8 ft lamps are also available.
This option is best for businesses that generate a moderate to large quantity of spent bulbs and lamps.
Retailers of recycling kits include:
www.nlrlamp.com www.lamptracker.com www.crsrecycle.com
Mail order kits are also available for other "universal waste" materials such as batteries and mercury thermometers.
OPTION 4 : ONSITE PICK UP
Clean Harbors, located in Syracuse, NY, will provide on site pick up of "universal waste" materials such as fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and mercury thermometers and switches. Contact Clean Harbors at www.cleanharbors.com Be prepared to report to them the quantities of the materials you have onsite to get a quote for on site pick up service.
This option is best for businesses generating large quantities of spent bulbs and lamps and may combine pick up with other types of hazardous waste.