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Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs, high intensity discharge bulbs (HID), and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are hazardous and must NOT go in any trash, recycling, or composting bin.

Incandescent light bulbs (including those made with argon, krypton, and xenon gases), and halogen bulbs are not hazardous waste and can be put in the trash.

Disposal Options:

Light Bulbs that are Hazardous Waste:

Compact Fluorescent (CFLs)

Spiral CFL

Capsul CFL

Quadtube CFL

Globe CFL

Square CFL

Circular CFL

Flood CFL

Fluorescent Tube

High Intensity Discharge (HID)

Metal Halide 1

Metal Halide 2


Light Emitting Diode (LED)

Light Bulbs that can go in the Trash:

Incandescent (including those made with argon, krypton, and xenon gases)

Incandescent Bulb

Incandescent Tube

Incandescent Chandelier

Incandescent Flood


Halogen Bulb

Halogen Flood



  • Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are less toxic and use less energy than compact fluorescent bulbs. At end of life, they are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of properly.