Lighting manufacturers, through their trade association the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), developed to provide a one-stop source of information about recycling lamps (the term used in the lighting industry to refer to all types of light bulbs).

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and with other energy-efficient lighting such as linear fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps contain a very small amount of mercury, an element essential to achieving energy savings. While these lamps help consumers and businesses cut their lighting energy usage and reduce energy costs, it is important that any product containing mercury be properly managed when it becomes waste to protect public health and the environment.

Easy and convenient options exist for both businesses and consumers to recycle waste mercury-containing lamps. It is estimated that businesses already recycle over 30% of their waste lamps annually and consumers are embracing lamp recycling as they switch to more efficient lighting technologies.

Recycle Facts


Do NOT put fluorescent or other mercury-added lamps in the trash.

To find the Lamp-recycling centers near your address.

Learn More about local options to recycle.

CFL Basics


Stewardship Programs


Stewardship programs in Maine, Vermont, and Washington provides free recycling at hundreds of convenient locations.