How to recycle/dispose of light bulbs, tubes, and ballasts

How to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and tubes from your home

We accept CFLs, tubes, and ballasts from your home at no additional charge at our Household Hazardous Waste dropoff at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

Live in a municipality? Contact your local municipal office for additional information regarding CFLs recycling opportunities in your community.

Montgomery County has compiled this listing through various sources and does not present it as a complete directory of all organizations or companies, nor offer it as an endorsement of any of the organizations.

  • Hours of acceptance: vary by location
  • Cost: no charge
  • Quantity limits
    • Household Hazardous Waste Collection: no quantity limit
    • Community drop-off locations at retail stores: small quantities only

View Compact Fluorescent Bulb Drop-off Locations in a larger map

Location Accepts bulb-style lights Accepts tube-style lights
Home Depot #2558
14000 Georgia Avenue
Aspen Hill, MD 20906
Yes No
Christophers Glen Echo Hardware
7301 MacArthur Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20816
Yes No
Home Depot #2509
7111 Westlake Terrace
Bethesda, MD 20817
Yes No
10100 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
Yes No
Household Hazardous Waste drop-off
Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station
16101 Frederick Rd
Derwood, MD 20855
Yes Yes
Home Depot #2550
15740 Shady Grove Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Yes No
Lowe's of Gaithersburg, MD (Store #0223)
40 Market St
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Yes No
Home Depot #2560
21010 Frederick Rd
Germantown, MD 20876
Yes No
Amicus Green Building Center
4080-A Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895
Yes No
Hardware City Home Center
10504 Connecticut Ave
Kensington, MD 20895
Residential customers only
Yes Yes, accepts tubes up to 4 feet long
Strosniders Potomac
10110 River Rd
Potomac, MD 20854
Yes No
MOM's Organic Market
5566 Randolph Road
Rockville, MD 20852
Yes Yes
Home Depot #2551
2300 Broadbirch Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Yes No
Old Takoma Ace Hardware
7001 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Yes No

How to dispose of CFLs and tubes from your business

If you have CFLs, tubes, or ballasts from your business, take them to the Hazardous Waste drop-off area at our Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

  • Cost: $0.60 per bulb or 4-foot tube; $1.20 per 8-foot tube
  • No quantity limit

What to do if a fluorescent light bulb breaks

CFLs and tubes contain a small amount of mercury. These instructions from the US EPA describe clean-up and disposal guidelines for broken fluorescent light bulbs.

Double-bag the broken CFL or tube in a re-sealable plastic bag and place in your household trash. Do not put CFLs or tubes into your recycling bin.

How to dispose of incandescent and halogen light bulbs

Dispose of incandescent and halogen light bulbs in your regular trash collection.

How to dispose of LED bulbs

If the LED bulbs are from your take them to this place
home Household Hazardous Waste dropoff at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station at no charge.
business or organization (Small Quantity Generators only) Ecowise drop-off at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station; the Ecowise fee schedule applies.
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