San Francisco Department of the Environment

Proper Lighting Disposal Fact Sheet

Mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes cannot be discarded with regular refuse or recycling and MUST be handled according to California’s Universal Hazardous Waste rules. Your business, property, or non-profit can be fined up to $25,000 per day for disposal in Recology’s refuse or recycling bins or for mercury contamination caused by unsafe storage or handling of mercury-containing tubes and bulbs. Read the attached fact sheet for the proper handling, storage, and disposal methods for different kinds of light bulbs and tubes.