Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) Recycling

According to, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs):CFL

  • Use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Save $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
  • Produce about 75% less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

To operate more efficiently, CFLs contain a very small amount of Mercury. For proper disposal and recycling, consider:

Drop-Off Programs*

  • Home Depot - accepts fluorescent bulbs only, no tubes
  • Lowe's - accepts fluorescent bulbs at the customer service desk, no tubes
  • IKEA - accepts all fluorescent bulbs and tubes
  • Broadview Waste Services, 7610 Energy Parkway, Curtis Bay, MD 21226. For more information, call (410) 437-6590.
  • Howard County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days (residential use only)
    Where: Alpha Ridge Residents' Convenience Center
    When: Saturdays in April-November, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Visit for specific locations

Mail-in Programs

  • Waste Management offers kits for recycling various items. Fill the prepaid boxes with the appropriate items and mail to Waste Management. Visit for more information.
  • Visit for more information about Office Depot’s bulb recycling toolkit.

Broken CFLs

Here is information about proper handling of broken bulbs.

Other CFL Resources

NOTE: Howard County does not endorse independent programs or retail locations.