Fluorescent Bulbs and Tubes

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Recycling Program

Fluorescent lighting contains mercury which is a hazardous material. It is illegal to throw out fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, high-density discharge bulbs, metal halide bulbs, and sodium or neon bulbs.

NEVER throw your used fluorescent bulbs or tubes in the trash or recycling cart!

Do the Right Thing!

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Take bulbs and tubes to these retail locations: 

 Ace Hardware

1214 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz - Tubes up to 4 ft./ 4 items per visit

Greenspace 719 Swift Street, Santa Cruz - Tubes up to 4 ft.  
Hope Services 220 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz - Sell mail back shipping boxes for CFL
Riverside Lighting 300 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz - Tubes up to 4 ft./ 10 items  per visit
Westside Hardware 855 Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz - Tubes up to 4 ft./ 4 items per visit


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off Sites

Resource Recovery Facility 605 Dimeo Lane, Santa Cruz  
Buena Vista Landfill 1231 Buena Vista Drive, Watsonville  
Ben Lomond Transfer Station 9835 Newell Creek Road, Ben Lomond  


Limit at HHW sites: 10 bulbs or tubes per visit. Tubes over 4 feet are not accepted at retail locations. City residents may take tubes over 4 feet to the Resource Recovery Facility at no charge. Commercial customers and businesses must take used bulbs and tubes to the Buena Vista Landfill. There is a fee for recycling fluorescent bulbs and tubes.




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