I know it’s not supposed to go in the trash, but where is it supposed to go? That’s a common phrase we hear about all sorts of different items – electronics, batteries, and CFL lightbulbs to name a few. Now, a new program seeks to offer Washington residents an easier answer for one of these*.
LightRecycle Washington Provides Free Mercury-Containing Lightbulb Recycling
LightRecycle Washington is a new recycling program for mercury-containing lights that launched January 1, 2015. This program will provide no-charge recycling services for fluorescent tubes, CFLs, HIDs (High Intensity Discharge) and other types of mercury-containing lights. As part of this new program, residents and businesses will be able to drop off up to 10 lights per person per day at authorized collection sites throughout Washington State. While collection facilities existed for these items already, this program greatly increases the number of collection locations around the state.
Lightbulbs Accepted by LightRecycle Washington
Accepted items include:
Fluorescent Light Tubes – straight or curved
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
High Intensity Discharge Lights (HIDs), including High Pressure Sodium, Low Pressure Sodium, Mercury Vapour, Metal Halide, Ultraviolet (UV), Ultra High Performance (UHP) and Germicidal
Safe CFL Recycling Prevents Mercury Pollution
Mercury is a toxic metal that accumulates in our bodies and the environment. When mercury-containing lights are broken, mercury is released into the environment, and is harmful to our health. Because they’re an energy efficient option, more mercury-containing lights are being purchased, so a safe way to collect and recycle these lights is important.
The lights collected through the LightRecycle Washington program are processed at EcoLights Northwest in Seattle. EcoLights crushes the fluorescent lamps and separates them into various component parts for separate recycling. Nearly 100% of the non-hazardous materials, including glass and aluminum, are recycled.
LightRecycle Drop-Off Points in Kirkland
Here in Kirkland we have a few options for recycling mercury-containing lights.
CFL bulbs can be brought to:
- Kirkland City Hall
123 5th Ave.
- Bartell Drugs Kingsgate
14442 124th Ave. N.E.
- Bartell Drugs Bridle Trails
6619 132nd Ave. N.E.
- Bartell Drugs Inglewood
14130 Juanita Dr. N.E Ste. 107
- Bartell Drugs Houghton
10625 N.E. 68th
Drop-off points are available statewide – use LightRecycle’s interactive map to find the most convenient collection site for you.
Curbside CFL Recycling
In addition, single family residents in Kirkland can still participate in Kirkland’s curbside program for CFLs. Residents can request a CFL recycling bag from Waste Management by calling 1-800-592-9995 or pick one up at City Hall. Residents can fill the bag with burnt out bulbs, seal the bag, and place the bag on top of their blue recycling cart on collection day.
The LightRecycle Washington program makes safe disposal of fluorescent bulbs easier for all Washingtonians.