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Light Bulbs & Tubes (Other)

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

If you have light bulbs or tubes that are unopened or partially used and no longer wanted, please bring them to any of our hazardous waste disposal sites (see the Proper Disposal tab), so that other residents can give it a second-chance at use through our SafeChem Swap Shop.

The link can provide you with more details about our SafeChem Swap Shop program including location address, hours of service, and how you can browse the shop and save on supply cost on your next project or home cleaning routine.

Light bulbs are not made out of compostable materials.

Light bulbs of any type, including LED light bulbs, CFL bulbs or tubes, flood lights, or halogen light bulbs, should NOT go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart.

These types of bulbs and tubes puts recycling trucks, sort line workers, and the Recycling Center at increased risk for chemical exposure and fire. Additionally, these bulbs can contaminate good recyclables putting them at risk to not be recycled.

Halogen bulbs or rings, compact fluorescent light bulbs or tubes, LEDs, floodlights, or other light bulbs (except incandescent bulbs) contain hazardous materials so they need to be handled by our SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program staff prior to recycling (see the Proper Disposal tab).

There are some additional Community Disposal Outlets below recycle select types of light bulbs.

Halogen bulbs or rings, compact fluorescent light bulbs or tubes, LEDs, or floodlights are accepted through any of our five SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste Disposal sites during designated service hours for recycling. The link can provide you with the details of this FREE program!

No commercial hazardous waste from businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. — strictly residential hazardous waste. See the Community Disposal Outlets below for commercial hazardous waste solutions.

Incandescent light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials so they do not need hazardous waste disposal. Please see our Related Materials section below for more information on Incandescent Light Bulbs.

Do NOT place LED or CFL bulbs or tubes, flood lights, halogen lights or rings into your trash or the landfill. These types of light bulbs are considered a hazardous material and not something that should enter the landfill. Hazardous waste is prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility.

Chemicals and hazardous waste should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for explosions, fire, and chemical exposure.

HOWEVER, once your incandescent light bulbs are all used up, they can be landfilled either in your trash bin with general refuse or brought to one of our disposal facilities for a fee:

The links above can provide the location address, hours of service, and disposal fees.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.

Home Depot

Accepts power tool batteries and CFL bulbs (no tube lights).

Multiple locations.

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Lowe’s Home Improvement

Accepts appliances, plastic plant trays/pots/tags, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CFL bulbs (no tubes), and plastic shopping bags.

Multiple locations.

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Lowell Light & Power
127 N Broadway St
Lowell, MI 49331

Accepts compact fluorescent (CFLs) bulbs only. No tubes.

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Waste Management, Inc.

Accepts compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), batteries, household electronics, and syringes/lancets.

Mail-in program.

Learn More

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