Light Bulbs and Ballasts

Incandescent (filament type) and light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs contain no hazardous materials and should be disposed of in your regular garbage. 

Fluorescent bulbs/tubes including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) contain the toxic metal mercury.  In addition, fluorescent light ballasts manufactured before 1980 may contain the toxic materials polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  Click here to view options to manage Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in York County.  There are several businesses in York County that accept fluorescent light bulbs/tubes and PCB ballasts for recycling.  Below is a list of these facilities.  Before delivering any materials to the listed businesses, always call ahead to make sure they are still accepting the material you wish to dispose of and find out if there are any associated fees.

Broken fluorescent bulbs including CFLs are a health hazard and should be cleaned up in a specific manner.  For instructions on how to clean up fluorescent bulbs, follow this link to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s website:  After a broken fluorescent bulb is cleaned up, the remaining materials should be placed in a garbage bag, sealed tightly and disposed of in the regular garbage.

Fluorescent Lamps 11-2021