What do I do with…?

Pile of Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs

What is light bulb waste? Broken, unused, or nonfunctioning light bulbs.

Why is light bulb waste a problem? Some light bulbs contain mercury that if improperly disposed of can cause toxic contamination. Because many light bulbs are single use, they cause a lot of unwanted waste.

Examples: compact fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, circular fluorescent, u bend fluorescent, plastic coated and shatter shield, spot/flood lamps, uv and germicidal lamps, incandescent, halogen, cold cathode, metal halide, high pressure sodium, mercury vapor


  • Place lamps in areas where light is absolutely necessary. Not everything needs to be bright all the time.

  • Turn off lights when not in use.

  • Reduce the amount of bulbs you need by using high efficiency LED bulbs.

  • Take advantage of daylight when you need a bright light.

  • Candles are a nice change in atmosphere.



  • Recycle your compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) at these locations:

  • P.E.T.E.S. Electric takes (for a fee):

    • fluorescent straight/ linear

    • U-tubes

    • hid

    • metal halide

    • mercury vapor

    • sodium vapor

    • compact fluorescent

    • UVA bulbs

    • tanning bed lamps

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs takes (fees may apply):

    • compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs

    • fluorescent tubes

    • circular fluorescent

    • u bend fluorescent

    • plastic coated and shatter shield

    • spot/flood lamps

    • UV and germicidal lamps

    • incandescent

    • halogen

    • cold cathode

    • metal halide

    • high pressure sodium

    • mercury vapor

    • ballasts


Batteries Plus Bulbs
2100 Stephens Ave
(406) 203-9364

Home Depot
2725 Radio Way
(406) 523-0901

Home ReSource
1515 Wyoming St
(406) 541-8300

3100 North Reserve St
(406) 329-1800

2407 Harve Ave
(406) 543-3086