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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Assistance and Customer Service - Recycling Options

Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

Fluorescent Lights

Help From Your Local Government

Some cities and counties collect fluorescent lights in their household hazardous waste programs.

Contact your city or county government to learn about local options.

Recycling Options for Households

North Carolina residents are strongly encouraged to recycle spent fluorescent lights from their home. Recycling options vary across the state.  Provided below are options compiled to help residents find the option that is most convenient for them.

Drop Off Locations

Various retailers and electric cooperatives across North Carolina offer free recycling of compact fluorescent lights (CFL) to their customers. We recommend you always call ahead or ask your local retailer if they offer recycling options. Follow the links below to find more information about these programs, including drop-off locations near you.

Lights Containing Mercury Drop-off Programs

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Mailback Programs

Mail-back programs generally include a primary waste collection container, an outer shipping container, a prepaid shipping label and instructions. For North Carolinians living in remote or isolated areas, this may be your only recycling option. This is not the most cost-effective method for residents to use to recycle CFLs; however, you can choose from several mail-back programs.

EASYPAK

Material Order Webpage
You can order multiple size kits to recycle CFLs as well as 4ft and 8 ft tubes. Also includes containers for mercury thermostats.

Heritage Environmental Services Lifecycle Mailback Services

Material Order Webpage
You can order multiple size kits to recycle CFLs as well as 4ft and 8 ft tubes.

Veolia Environmental Services Recyclepak

Material Order Webpage
You can order multiple size kits to recycle CFLs as well as 4ft and 8 ft tubes. 

Waste Management Think Green from Home Program

Material Order Webpage
You can order kits to recycle CFLs as well as 4ft tubes. Each Household Straight Tube Recycling Kit holds 16 t-8 or 7 t-12 four-foot lamps. The CFL Recycling Kit can hold up to 13 13-watt CFLs.

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