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7. Light Bulbs

Although they are praised for being energy efficient, CFL bulbs contain mercury and need to be properly recycled to protect the environment. Christmas lights contain copper, glass, and plastic, making them an important item to recycle from a resource conservation standpoint. Some of the mail-in recycling programs listed below take additional recyclables, making it possible to recycle a variety of items in the same package.

  • Christmas Light Source Recycling Program
    1923 6th Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76110
    (866) 926-4877
    String lights
    Please box Christmas lights and send to the address provided. Include your name, mailing address, and email address, and you’ll receive a promotion code good for 10 percent off a single order of Christmas lights. The lights are recycled, and the proceeds from the recycling will be used to buy books for the DFW Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
  • Eco Lights Northwest Recycling Program
    Seattle, WA 98134
    (888) 214-2327
    Ballasts, CFLs, fluorescent bulbs, items containing mercury, NiCad batteries, mercury thermostats, other batteries, rechargeable batteries, single-use batteries
    This program offers pre-paid recycling kits for all lighting sources, fixture bulbs, batteries, and other mercury-containing items. Please call for additional information.
  • Environmental LED Christmas Light Recycling Program
    109 E Prairie St
    Vicksburg, MI 49097
    (866) 465-7334
    String lights
    Send in your old Christmas lights for recycling and receive a 10 percent off coupon. Please put lights in the original boxes or in a cardboard box without any packing materials. Include your name and email address for the coupon.
  • LampRecycling.com
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 640-6700
    Ballasts, CFLs, computers, computer monitors, electronics, floppy disks, fluorescent bulbs, items containing mercury, mercury thermostats, NiCad batteries, office machines, rechargeable batteries, single-use batteries, telephones, televisions
    Through the EasyPak recycling containers, you can recycle fluorescent bulbs, batteries, ballasts, and electronics. Participants receive a certificate officially recognizing their recycling efforts and access to online recycling reports that track your progress over time. Please visit the website to order an EasyPak.
  • Mercury Technologies of Minnesota Lamp Recycling Program
    Pine City, MN 55063
    (800) 864-3821
    Ballasts, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, batteries, cell phones, office equipment, microwaves
    Mercury Technologies is the oldest fluorescent lamp recycling company in continuous existence in the United States. It offers pre-paid recycling boxes in several sizes, and also accepts HID and incandescent lamps.
  • Waste Management LampTracker
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
    (800) 664-1434
    Ballasts, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, items containing mercury (dental waste), mercury thermostats, NiCad batteries, rechargeable batteries, single-use batteries, electronics, computers, televisions, toner cartridges
    Please go online to order a LampTracker Mercury VaporLok container. Once your container is received, LampTracker will send a certificate of compliance via email.

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