Fluorescent tubes are ubiquitous in office buildings, garages and many, many pre-aughts kitchens. They’re efficient and pretty universal for use and installation, but they can also be cumbersome to transport for proper recycling and disposal. Tubes contain a small amount of mercury, but generally, proper handling mitigates any real danger.
Frequent Fluorescent Tubes Recycling Questions
Do fluorescent tubes contain mercury?
Yes, fluorescent tubes all contain a small amount of mercury. Although it is potentially hazardous, mercury plays an important role in how fluorescent tubes work. Because mercury can be dangerous to human health, it is important to properly dispose of fluorescent tubes.
Can I recycle fluorescent tubes in my curbside bin?
No. Fluorescent tubes are considered universal waste, so they are not accepted in most curbside programs and you will need to find a take-back program or drop-off location for recycling. Jump to our recycling locator to find a location now.
What should I do if I break a fluorescent tube?
First, have people and pets leave the room, shut off central air or heating and air the room out. Find appropriate cleaning supplies which include sticky tape, stiff paper, damp paper towels and an airtight container to put the broken pieces in. Follow the same detailed instructions you would for cleaning up a broken CFL.