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
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.
N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service • Mailing Address: 1639 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1639 • Physical Address: 217 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 • Toll Free: (877) 623-6748