Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs, those squiggly, energy-efficient lights otherwise known as CFLs, contain mercury and should always be properly recycled.  Retailers like The Home Depot, and Lowe's Home Improvement, offer free recycling of CFLs. Simply take the expired, unbroken bulb to the store and place it in the proper recycling receptacle. 

Fluorescent Tube Bulbs

Ashtabula county does not have a recycle program for fluorescent tube bulbs. You can contact the following companies for disposal information including pricing and specifications. Prices for disposal range from $0.65-$1.00 per bulb.

890 Front Street
Hellertown, PA 18055
(610) 838-7034
Will send packing box for bulb shipment. Customer pays for box.

Cleveland, OH
(216) 857-0784
Prices starting at 65 cents per bulb. Call for more information.

7260 Neville Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 341-1500
Call for appointment. Drop-off and pick-up available, 8-4:30 (M-F). Fee charged.

8700 Brewster Road
Bainbridge, OH 44023
(440) 708-9874
Supplies boxes for shipping lamps to recycling facility. Pick-up available. Call for drop-off information.

Cleaning up a mercury spill

In December 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new guidelines on how to deal with mercury-containing compact fluorescent light bulbs that break in the home.  CFLs contain a small amount of mercury sealed in the glass tubing. When broken, some of the mercury is released as mercury vapor. The bulb will continue to leak mercury vapor until it is cleaned up and removed from the home. To minimize exposure, the EPA offers these guidelines on dealing with a broken bulb:

  1. Homeowners should clear the room of people and pets, and then open a window or door to the outdoors for 10 minutes. Central heating and cooling systems should be turned off as well.
  2. All broken glass and visible powder from the bulb should be placed in a sealable container, along with anything used to clean up the broken bulb. The container should then be placed in an outdoor trash container or covered area until the materials can be disposed of properly.
  3. For several hours after the breakage, continue to air out the room and leave HVAC systems off.