Lamp/Bulb Recycling Made Easy
GE Lighting recommends recycling Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) or Linear Fluorescent Tubes at the end of life. All fluorescent bulbs require a very small amount of mercury to operate with high efficiency. Recycling recovers lamp materials, including mercury, for reuse.
To facilitate and expand recycling options for our customers, GE has made arrangements with recyclers that offer recycling options and services for homeowners, retailers and distributors.
Homeowner Recycling Programs
More and more GE customers are selecting GE Energy Smart®, ENERGY STAR® labeled compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) due to their long life and great energy savings. GE understands that our customers need solutions for properly recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs at their end-of-life.
Recycling is required by some state/local governments - states requiring recycling are MA, CA, MN, VT, ME, NH, and WA. These states prohibit homeowners from disposing of CFL lamps as normal waste and require them to be recycled. In addition, there may be local county or city disposal restrictions in other states.
Retailer Recycling Programs
Recycling Linear Fluorescent tubes from the store ceiling or offering Compact Fluorescent light bulb (CFL) recycling to customers is becoming a bigger and bigger consideration of operating a store today.
States requiring recycling of fluorescent tubes from store ceiling are CA, NY, MN, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT and FL. Learn more
At least 10 states (CA, NY, MN, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT and FL) have laws that limit or prohibit retailers from disposing of fluorescent tubes used in the store ceiling as normal waste. Laws in these states generally require that fluorescent tubes be recycled as a Universal Waste. Seven of these same states (CA, MN, ME, NH, VT, RI and MA) also prohibit homeowners from disposing of Compact Fluorescent lamps as normal waste and require them to be recycled. In addition, there may be local county or city disposal restrictions in other states.
More and more customers who buy CFL bulbs are looking to their retailers for convenient recycling solutions. The most popular option includes offering CFL recycling at customer service counters. With this approach, a small box, about the size of a waste can, or a 5-gallon plastic bucket, is placed behind a customer service counter. Such containers will typically hold nearly 50 - 90 CFLs depending on lamp size. Lamps collected at the customer service counter are simply placed in the recycling container. The box is shipped back to the recycler when full.
Sell Consumer Recycling Kits Option
As part of their energy efficiency programs, utilities in some states are starting to fund CFL recycling programs offered by retailers. Please check with your local utility for the availability of funding for CFL recycling or CFL promotional programs. Larger recycling boxes for linear fluorescent tubes are also available for store maintenance or consumer recycling programs.
Distributor Recycling Programs
Many Commercial, Industrial and Government facilities recycle their fluorescent and HID lamps today due to a variety of state and/or local regulations affecting lamp disposal, internal company policies requiring all lamps to be recycled to minimize liability, or due to participation in environmental building programs such as LEED.
States requiring commercial, industrial, government facilities to recycle are CA, NY, MN, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT and FL. Learn more
At least 10 states (CA, NY, MN, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT and FL) have laws that limit or prohibit facilities from disposing of fluorescent or HID lamps as normal waste. Laws in these states generally require that fluorescent and HID lamps be recycled as a Universal Waste. Facilities generating a large amount of hazardous waste in any state are regulated by federal rules requiring many lamp types to be recycled as Universal Waste. In addition, there may be local county or city disposal restrictions.