Household Waste Guide
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs, contain a small amount of mercury.† Mercury is essential for most energy-efficient lamps.† The amount of mercury in compact fluorescent bulb glass tubing is small - about 4 mg. However, every product containing mercury should be handled with care.† Exposure to mercury, a toxic metal, can affect our brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver, causing symptoms such as trembling hands, memory loss and difficulty moving.
As energy-efficient lighting becomes more popular, it is important to dispose of the products safely and responsibly.† Mercury is released into our environment when products with mercury are broken, disposed of improperly or incinerated.
Incandescent, halogen and most other light bulbs contain no mercury and therefore may be placed in your trash.
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) has partnered with Kent County, the Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Energy Options and two dozen neighborhood partners to keep mercury from used Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs out of West Michiganís air and groundwater. As part of its Project Light Change initiative to distribute free CFL bulbs to West Michigan residents, WMEAC has recruited local businesses and neighborhood associations to serve as collection points for used CFL bulbs in partnership with Kent Countyís Household Hazardous Waste Program and Michigan Energy Options at no cost to West Michigan residents. These locations can be found online.
Kent County Household Hazardous
Waste Program, (616) 336-2570 or 1-888-217-2850
Business, farm and school wastes are not accepted. Operates 4 centers for disposal of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent lamps.† Appointment required.†
Has begun a take-back program for compact fluorescent bulbs from residential use. Contact your local Home Depot store for details on their acceptance policy
Valley City Environmental, (616) 235-1500
1040 Market Avenue SW, Grand Rapids
Accepts hazardous materials, including fluorescent lamps, and electronics from businesses, farms and schools.† Fee charged.
Waste Management, Inc.
Waste Management, Inc. has launched an online service for the disposal of household waste, including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), batteries, and eventually other household electronics.
Light & Power (616) 897-8402
127 N Broadway, Lowell
Accepts compact fluorescent bulbs only.