How can I dispose of fluorescent bulbs and tubes?

Both compact fluorescent lights and fluorescent tubes contain mercury. They are not permitted to be thrown away in regular trash or put out curbside for collection as they are considered to be hazardous waste

What are your options?

1. Contact Tri-County for a special collection of hazardous materials

2. Contact your local Lowes or Home Depot regarding special recycling programs

3. Research a mail back program. We've linked 

4. Bring hazardous materials to a local special collection event. This is generally held in the month of September for Mercer County. Registration is available at

5. Visit Mercer County Recycling & Solid Waste website for additional resources

Visit for more information on the proper disposal of hard to recycle items or visit and click the Recycling Fact Sheets link

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1. When are the bulk trash collections days scheduled in the City?
2. What holidays might affect my collection day?
3. Is Glass Recyclable?
4. When are tire and household appliance recycling taking place?
5. What materials can I recycle in my recycling bin at the curb?
6. When are the leaf collections days scheduled in the City?
7. How can I dispose of electronics, like old computers, TV's, etc.?
8. How can I dispose of fluorescent bulbs and tubes?
9. How do I prepare my recyclables?
10. What are the benefits of the program and using carts?