Fluorescent bulbs (including HID) are banned from solid waste disposal in Minnesota because they have small amounts of mercury inside, and must be recycled.
Separate bulbs from fixtures; metal fixtures may be recycled at scrap metal recyclers; plastic and other fixture materials may be disposed of in the trash.
Proper Bulb Disposal
• Tubes/bulbs should be packaged in a box with the quantity labeled on the outside, or bundled together with plastic cling wrap. DO NOT USE DUCT TAPE. Loose tubes and bulbs in the back of a truck or trunk run a high risk of breakage. Breakage increases your exposure to mercury & the cost of recycling.
• Households – bring fluorescent tubes and bulbs to the WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility or the WLSSD Materials Recovery Center. You may also bring compact fluorescent bulbs to one of the retailers accepting compact flourescent bulbs from residents (see list below), or check with your county’s Solid Waste Officer for information on local collection.
The following information is provided as a service by WLSSD, please confirm program details with individual sites.
CFL recycling is available at these locations, fees may apply:
Como Lube & Supplies
Denny’s Ace Hardware
Proctor Builders Supply
WLSSD Materials Recovery Center
Carlton County HHW
Cloquet Home Center
Campbell Lumber and Supply
Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant