Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and are banned from the landfill. You may bring bulbs to our Additional Recyclables Collection Center (the ARCC), one of our Paint, Battery and CFL Bulb collections or to one of the many free, year-round options for proper disposal of this type of bulbs. Scroll down for more information or click on the link below. For more information about handling fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, click here.
If you have questions about if your bulbs contain mercury, or how to handle them, call us at 802-229-9383 or email comments @cvswmd.org
State-Wide Free Collection Sites
Broken Bulb Clean Up
Broken fluorescent bulbs should be contained inside a double bag and taped closed. Mark "broken bulb" on the bag, and bring to a drop off site, such as the ARCC. To identify these bulbs look for the Hg symbol (elemental symbol for Mercury) or the word Mercury. Through inhalation, ingestion and absorption through the skin Mercury can enter the body. Mercury is a neurotoxin, harmful to the body. Though one light bulb contains a small amount of Mercury proper methods for clean up are necessary to avoid exposure. Click here to learn how to properly clean up broken bulbs for disposal or see fact sheet below.