Why Recycle Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL’s), Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasts:
Regulatory history: On July 6, 1999 the Environmental Protection Agency added hazardous waste lamps to the federal list of “universal wastes.” Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent lamps are hazardous because they contain mercury and fail the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure. As a result of this regulation, Pennsylvania requires all fluorescent bulbs and lamps that come from a business be managed as hazardous waste. Such bulbs and lamps from households are not subject to these requirements because household waste is excluded from hazardous waste at 40 Code of Federal Regulations 261.4 (b)(1), which is incorporated by reference in the PA regulations.
Although not required by law to recycle household CFL’s, fluorescent lamps and ballasts, many York County residents still wish to do so. Please see below for residential recycling options for these materials.
Where York County Residents Can Recycle CFL’s, Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasts:
The following local companies recycle CFL’s, fluorescent lamps and ballasts. Before delivering, please call the listed business to verify their continued participation, drop-off hours, fees and any other specific instructions. The programs vary in price. If you have any additions, deletions or corrections for this list, please contact us by clicking here.
Home Depot (CFL’s only): 400 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-646-0140
Lowes (CFL’s only): 310 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-630-8700
Home Depot (CFL’s only): 960 Far Hills Dr., New Freedom, PA 17349 / 717-227-1040
Batteries + Bulbs (CFL’s, Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasts): 984 Loucks Rd., York, PA 17404 / 717-718-3547
Home Depot (CFL’s only): 2905 E. Market St., York, PA 17402 / 717-757-0440
Lowes (CFL’s only): 1175 Carlisle Rd., York, PA 17404 / 717-676-4050
Lowes (CFL’s only): 2449 E. Market St., York, PA 17402 / 717-757-4802
Paz Metals, Inc. (Ballasts only): 4315 Run Way, York, PA 17406 / 717-885-7985
Schaedler Yesco (CFL’s, Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasts): 850 Smile Way, York, PA 17404 / 717-843-9991
Residents can also use the annual York County Solid Waste Authority FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program or the Waste Management “At Your Door Special Collection” to dispose of CFL’s, fluorescent lamps and ballasts. Click here for more information.
Where York County Businesses Can Recycle CFL’s, Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasts:
To find out more about Fluorescent Lamp Recycling from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) go to: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/SolidWaste/HazardousWaste/UniversalWastes/Pages/Fluorescent-Lamp-Recycling.aspx
850 Smile Way,
York, PA 17404
Veolia Environmental Services
105 Willow Springs Circle
York, PA 17402
Batteries + Bulbs
984 Loucks Road
York PA 17404
AERC Recycling Solutions
2591 Mitchell Ave. Allentown, PA 18103
Waste Management Lamp Tracker
ULINE Prepaid Recycling Kits
Aircycle Corp. EasyPak Recycling Containers