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Question DetailsAsked on 5/28/2011

Recycling fluorescent bulbs

I'm concerned that the mercury content (in disposal) of compact fluorescent bulbs will affect the brain development of an entire generation of infants. Who takes our spent CF bulbs?

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The City of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful have a ton of local recycling tips posted. The city of Indianapolis' Change a Light, Dispose it Right initiative maintains several ToxDrop locations with varying hours that accept used traditional fluorescent lighting tubes and newer CFL bulbs: • Trader's Point, 7550 N. Lafayette Road; first and third Sat, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. • IMPD Training Facility, 9049 E. 10th St; first and third Sat, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m • Perry Township Gov't Center, 4925 S. Shelby St; second and fourth Sat, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Belmont Avenue Collection Facility, 2700 S.; Belmont Ave. Tues and Thur, 9 - 11 a.m.

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


For future readers of this question - flourescent bulbs are generally (unless supported by a substantial government subsidy program) not "recycled" - they are commonly just handled differently to properly dispose of the mercury contained in them in a hazardous waste landfill.

This is especially true of consumer quantities of CFL bulbs which have a pretty small amount of mercury in them, as opposed to the conventional flourescent tubes which have a much greater amount of mercury in them.

You can get information about flourescent lamp disposal in most cases at the website for your local solid waste disposal utility or government agency who handles that - also in some areas "green" recycling centers run by non-profits. Most cities have a hazardous waste dropoff site for household waste which is open a day or few a week - commercial sourced waste exceeding a certain weight per year typically has to go to a commercial hazardous waste facility run by a company like Waste Mansgement Services or such, and pay a fairly substantial fee.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


BTW - here is an article on more sources for disposal, and about the minimal amount of mercury in FL's (as opposed to conventional tube flourescents, which do have a pretty substantialamount of mercury in the interior bulb coatings).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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