Fluorescent and high-intensity discharge light bulbs use less energy than incandescent bulbs, but contain a small amount of mercury. These bulbs may not be placed in the garbage per Minnesota state law. The mercury does not escape the bulb unless broken.
What to Recycle
- Compact fluorescent bulbs (all sizes)
- Fluorescent tubes of all shapes and sizes (tubes, circles, U-shaped, bug “zappers,” tanning lamps, and black lights)
- High intensity discharge (HID) lamps, typically used for exterior lighting (metal halide, mercury vapor and high pressure sodium)
- Neon lights