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How do I get rid of light bulbs in San Francisco?

How you dispose of a light bulb depends on which kind of light bulb you have. Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and fluorescent tubes are household hazardous waste and cannot go in any bin or dumpster, while incandescent and halogen bulbs can be put in any bin or dumpster.


Hazardous Waste:  Do not place in any carts, bins or dumpsters

Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and fluorescent tubes contain mercury, which is harmful to human health and the environment, even in very small quantities. San Francisco residents can visit a drop-off location near you (many hardware stores accept used CFLs and fluorescent tubes) or request a free household hazardous waste pick-up from Recology. 


Trash: San Francisco residents can put these items in the black landfill bin

Incandescent and Halogen light bulbs

Incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs do not contain mercury, so San Francisco residents can put them in the black landfill bin.


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