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Mercury and Recycling

Fluorescent Bulbs

Consumers should take advantage of recycling options for fluorescent light bulbs where available. Residents in some communities can recycle them through their local recycling programs. Other local programs may hold single-day collection events. For more information, contact your local recycling coordinator or solid waste director. To identify your local recycling program contact, visit or call the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling at 1-800-768-7348.

In addition, there are several companies in South Carolina that recycle fluorescent bulbs. Learn more.
Businesses are different. They may, in fact, be required by law to recycle their fluorescent bulbs or treat them as hazardous waste. Businesses must follow all state and federal regulations regarding the proper management of fluorescent bulbs. Call DHEC's Division of Compliance and Enforcement at (803) 898-0290 for information on applicable hazardous waste regulations. 

Batteries Pluse Offers a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Recycling Program

Batteries Plus offers a free compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) recycling program at all of its U.S. locations. At each store, customers can bring in any unbroken CFL and give it to the store associate at the returns desk for recycling. To find a store near you, visit the Batteries Plus Website.


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