No fluorescent light bulbs used for business purposes, including home businesses and property managers.
Ballasts from lamps and light fixtures. Ballasts may contain PCBs and should not be put in the garbage.
If your lamp or light fixture is in good, working condition, give it away, sell it or donate to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Arc’s Value Village or Bridging (floor and table lamps only).
Metal parts of lamps and light fixtures with non-metal parts and ballasts removed
Fluorescent lights must be recycled because they contain mercury. It is illegal to throw them in the trash. Find a hardware store or business that accepts fluorescent lights for recycling.
Find fluorescent light bulbs recycling options for businesses on p.2 of Hazardous Waste Disposal Companies (PDF).
Place bulbs in their original packaging to prevent breakage. If you no longer have the original packaging, cushion bulbs using blankets, towels or newspaper. Do not tape bulbs together.
Remove all non-metal parts and ballasts first. Non-metal parts may be put in the garbage. See disposal options and guidelines for ballasts.
Hennepin County also accepts broken fluorescent bulbs — place the broken pieces in a sealed plastic bag first.
If your lamp or light fixture is broken, take it to a repair shop or Fix-It Clinic.
Fluorescent light bulbs of all shapes and sizes, including circles, compact fluorescent bulbs, tubes and u-shaped; high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs.
Locations Bloomington drop-off facility Get directions Brooklyn Park drop-off facility Get directions
Separate bulbs and ballasts from fixtures before coming to the drop-off facility. Staff will not separate the ballasts from light fixtures for you.
The metal parts of light fixtures may be accepted by a scrap metal recycler for redemption.
Ballasts must be removed from light fixtures before arriving at the drop-off facility. Staff will not separate the ballasts from the light fixtures.