Fluorescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, and some neon lighting lamps contain small amounts of mercury and are identified with the symbol .
Maine law does not allow fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), to be disposed of in the trash because they contain a small amount of mercury. Waste fluorescent bulbs need to be recycled. Consumers can recycle their waste fluorescent bulbs for free at any of more than 100 retail stores and many local solid waste facilities. These collection sites are trained in accordance with Maine Department of Environmental Protection requirements. The used, unbroken fluorescent bulbs will be recycled to prevent the release of mercury to the environment, with all other components recovered for reuse.
Each manufacturer of mercury-added lamps sold or distributed for household use in the State on or after January 1, 2011 shall individually or collectively implement a department-approved program for the recycling of mercury-added lamps from households.
Maine retailers and Municipalities may request to participate in the manufacturer program by completing the attached Participation Agreements and submitting them to NEMA for review and approval.