How to Recycle Fluorescent Tubes in Arizona

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Fluorescent tubes provide light to homes and businesses.
Fluorescent tubes provide light to homes and businesses. (Image: compact fluorescent lamp (cfl) image by frog from Fotolia.com)

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality highly recommends recycling your fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lights, so that the mercury within the bulbs doesn't pollute the environment. In fact, recycling may be required depending on the Arizona county you reside in. Fortunately, three large retailers, Home Depot, Ikea and Orchard Supply Store, all participate in nationwide CFL recycling programs. Simply drop off the fluorescent tube in the box toward the front of the store or leave it with a store associate. Alternatively, you can contact the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for upcoming programs and drop-off days and locations.

Recycling With A Retailer

Navigate to the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Collection and Recycling in Region 9 Web page (see Resources).

Click the links to find Arizona retail locations for Ikea, Home Depot or Orchard Supply stores that participate in the CFL recycling program.

Wrap the fluorescent tube in a blanket or towel to protect the tube during transport. Drop off the florescent tube in the recycling box or with a store associate for recycling.

State Recycling Programs

Call the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality at 602-771-2300, or toll free at 800-234-5677.

Inquire about city and state programs for recycling fluorescent tubes in Arizona. There may be county collection days when you can leave the tubes curbside for pickup on certain days or days you can drop off the tubes at specified locations for recycling.

Wrap the fluorescent tube in a blanket or towel to protect the tube during transport. Drop off the florescent tube at the specified location.

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