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Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and its member communities offer residents a recycling program for mercury-containing light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, known as CFLs, are quickly replacing incandescent bulbs due to their energy efficiency, reduction and cool-to-the-touch qualities.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) endorses these environmentally-friendly bulbs, but residents need to know that approximately 3-4 milligrams of mercury are contained in the glass tubing of each CFL and more in a 4’ fluorescent light bulb. As with any household item that contains a hazardous material, they should be properly handled at the end of their lives, which is why SWANCC offers its CFL Recycling Program. Even though residents are able to dispose of a CFL in the garbage, it is best to take it to a community drop-off to be recycled to protect human health and avoid unsafe releases to the environment. Please note that SWANCC residents are able to participate in any event, regardless of location. 

Download the  pdf CFL Recycling brochure (469 KB) .

SWANCC's Green Pages: Reuse and Recycling Directory provides additional options for fluorescent bulb recycling or bulbs may be taken to Household Chemical Waste collection sites.

Arlington Heights Village Hall
33 S Arlington Heights Rd.
(847) 368-5760
M-F: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Barrington Village Hall
200 S Hough St
(847) 304-3400
M-F: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Barrington Public Works
300 N Raymond Ave
(847) 381-7903
M-F: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Will take 4' and 8' lights.

Barrington Public Safety Building
400 N. Northwest Highway
(847) 304-3300
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Not accepting 4' lights.

Buffalo Grove Village Hall
Health Department (downstairs) and Finance Department (upstairs)
50 Raupp Blvd
(847) 459-2530
M: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
T-F: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Elk Grove Village Hall
Health and Community Services Office
901 Wellington Ave
(847) 357-4240
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd
(847) 448-8256
M-F: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Evanston Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Ave
(847) 866-2940
M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Glencoe Public Works Service Building
320 Hazel Ave
(847) 835-4134
M-F: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Will take 4' and 8' lights.

Glenview Village Hall
2500 E Lake Avenue
(847) 904-4340
M-F: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Rd
(847) 781-2631
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Inverness - Palatine Rural Fire Station #36
35 N Ela Road
(847) 991-8700
M-F: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Kenilworth Village Hall
419 Richmond Road
(847) 251-1666 x104
M-F: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Lincolnwood Public Works
7001 N Lawndale
(847) 675-0888
M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Mount Prospect Public Works
1700 W Central Road
(847) 870-5640
M-F: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Morton Grove Village Hall
6101 Capulina Ave
(847) 965-4100
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Will take 4' lights

Niles Public Services Department
6849 Touhy Ave
(847) 588-7900
M-F: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Niles Senior Center
999 Civic Center Dr
(847) 588-8420
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

Palatine Village Hall
Environmental Health Division (First Floor)
Village Services Counter -First Floor
200 E Wood Street
(847) 359-9090
M-F: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Park Ridge City Hall
Second floor
505 Butler Pl
(847) 318-5319
First Thursday of each month, from 8:00 - 11:00 am
Will take 4' and 8' lights.

Prospect Heights City Hall
8 N Elmhurst Road
(847) 398-6070, ext. 206
M/W: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Will take 4' and 8' lights.

Rolling Meadows Public Works Department
3900 Berdnick St
(847) 963-0500
M-F: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Skokie Village Hall
5127 Oakton St
(847) 933-8252
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Not accepting 4' lights.

South Barrington Village Hall
30 South Barrington Rd
(847) 381-7510
M-F: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

Wheeling Public Works
77 W Hintz Rd
(847) 279-6900
M-F: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Will take 4' and 8' lights.

Wilmette Public Works
711 Laramie
(847) 853-7588
M-F: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Will take 4' and 8' lights.

Winnetka Public Works Building
1390 Willow Rd
(847) 716-3568
M-F: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Will take 4' lights.

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