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).