Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs
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You can take used and non-broken light bulbs to Berkeley Recycling Station (2nd St. @ Gilman St.) or to Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, 2100 E. 7th St., Oakland, CA.

Fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL), HID lightbulbs (High-Intensity Discharge lamps, or electrical gas-discharge lamps), metal halide, sodium vapor, and LEDs require special handling.

If you have broken lightbulbs, put inside a paper bag and write "lightbulbs" on the outside. This bag can be placed in the grey, landfill cart. Old incandescent lightbulbs and halogen lightbulbs can also be placed in your gray landfill cart.

Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste


LEDs are the most energy-efficient light bulbs, and should last at least 7-10 years depending on use.


It is estimated that 670 million fluorescent light bulbs are placed into our environment annually in the U.S. alone. Together, all of these light bulbs can potentially cause the release of as much as 4 tons of mercury each year into our environment.

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