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Proper Disposal of a CFL Lightbulb

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs pose a special issue when their useful life is at an end; they contain mercury that is dangerous to the environment and toxic to humans and animals. You may dispose of incandescent and non-mercury-containing light bulbs, including halogen bulbs, in your regular trash collection. However, before disposing of a CFL lightbulb, consult the guidelines provided below to help DPW to safely dispose of them in the District of Columbia. 

How You Can Help

  • Do not put your used CFL bulbs into your regular or bulk trash collection.
  • Take your bulbs to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station on the Thursday/Saturday schedule on the HHW page.
  • Save your bulbs for special Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.
  • Look for retailers of CFL bulbs who accept small quantities of bulbs at certain locations (Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardward may have a location near you).
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 737-4404
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0642
Contact TTY: 
(202) 673-6833
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

2000 14th Street, NW


GIS Address: 
2000 14th Street, NW
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20009