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Mercury-Containing Lights

Residents can take Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs), High Intensity Discharge (HID), and Fluorescent Tubes to participating local retailers for free recycling. 

In Port Angeles, bulbs can be taken to Swain's, and Thurman's Supply; in Sequim, bulbs can be taken to Around Again.

For information on current collection site information and the statewide collection program plan, go to

Commercial customers can purchase a recycling shipping box by contacting the local Consolidated Electrical Distributors at 360-452-9705.  There are other recycling options, including businesses who sell boxes to mail back to their facility.

An icon representing lightbulb recycling
Washington State law requires that all mercury-containing lights be recycled, as mercury is a potent neurotoxin. Disposing of mercury-containing lights in regular garbage can cause the mercury to be released if they break, vaporizing at room temperature.

The recycling process of mercury-containing light bulbs
The life cycle of a recycled light bulb

If you have additional questions about Household Hazardous Waste or are unable to find the proper method of disposal for your waste, please contact Environmental Health using our email form or call us at 360-417-2258.
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