When a fluorescent tube hits the end of its lifespan, we are often left wondering, “Now what do I do?” The first thing many people do is call their local trash hauler or recycling center for answers.
If you are a home owner, there is no quick recycling answer we can give you; however, there are options.
If you would like to do the environmentally friendly thing and recycle your burned out fluorescent tube, the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority will accept fluorescent tubes at our annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event. Next year’s event will be held May 2-3. The authority will ship the fluorescent tubes it collects at the HHW event to a company that recycles the glass, steel and mercury contained in the tubes.
If you hold on to your tube until our HHW event next spring, please make sure to keep the tube in a safe place where it will not be prone to damage. Breaking or crushing fluorescent tubes can release a small amount of mercury into the air.
When you are ready to bring the tube for recycling, make sure to pack it safely in your vehicle. Once at our facility, let staff know that you have tubes to recycle. Accepted are fluorescent tubes from residents at the annual HHW event free of charge. Businesses should check with the state Department of Environmental Protection for proper disposal procedures.
If you wish to dispose of your fluorescent tube in your regular refuse, you may do so. However, please make sure you let your hauler know before collection or have the tubes visible so your hauler may take proper precautions for disposal. If you have more than one to dispose of, set them together.
Lowe’s, Home Depot and The Hite Company no longer have receyling programs for this.
Fluorescent tubes may be a recycling hassle, but compact fluorescent lights are not. There are many recycling options for burned out CFL bulbs.
Residents may bring the small, ice-cream cone shaped, unbroken CFL bulbs to the following locations for recycling during operating hours: Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority (Gate 3 to the office), 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte; State College Borough Building, 243 Allen St. or the service facility at 330 South Osmond St.; Lowe’s, 104 Valley Vista Drive in Patton Township; or Home Depot, 2615 Green Tech Drive in Patton Township.
Thank you for doing your part to help keep our environment clean and green.
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