Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

Fluorescent lights can be brought to Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events for safe recycling. All shapes are accepted, including tubes, U-shapes, and compact fluorescent lights. Note: these events are for residential use only. A maximum of 12 items applies, and no broken lights are accepted. Find out more.

Home Depot, Lowes and other local businesses may also accept compact fluorescent lights for recycling. Call ahead to find out.

Below is a list of municipalities that offer recycling for 4’ and 8’ tube-shaped fluorescent lights, and U-shaped lights. These programs are for residential use only, and a maximum of 12 items applies. No broken lights are accepted. 

Reminder: Fluorescent lights contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic substance. If a bulb breaks, do not sweep or vacuum. Follow EPA cleanup steps to avoid spreading particles of mercury at home.

Municipal Programs (Residential Only)

Berkeley Heights: Residents can bring their fluorescent tubes to the Berkeley Heights DPW located at 101 Columbus Avenue, Monday thru Friday, between 8am and 2pm.

Clark:  Residents can bring their fluorescent tubes to the Clark DPW yard on the last Saturday of the month from 9 am to 1pm.

Cranford: Residents can drop off fluorescent bulbs at the Cranford Conservation Center located at 210 Birchwood Avenue anytime the center is open. Please check the website, for exact days and hours of operation. Permits are not required to drop off bulbs.

Elizabeth:  Elizabeth residents can bring fluorescent bulbs to the Elizabeth Recycling Center, 523 Trenton Avenue, 7 days a week.  Monday- Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 4 pm.

Fanwood: Fanwood residents can drop off covered fluorescent bulbs at the Fanwood DPW located at 1 Manfra Way, on the first Saturday of each month from 8 am to 11 am.

Linden: Linden residents can drop off fluorescent bulbs at the Recycling Center located at 2 Donaldson Place.   Hours are Monday-Friday 7:00am – 2:30pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm.  Linden only accept bulbs 4-feet and shorter at their location.

New Providence: New Providence residents can drop off fluorescent bulbs at the DPW located at 29 Park Place on the first and third Saturday from 9am – 1pm.

Rahway: Rahway has curbside collection of fluorescent bulbs.  Residents must call 732-827-2159 to schedule an appointment.  Schedule can be downloaded from their website, .

Roselle: Residents can drop off fluorescent bulbs at the Roselle DPW Yard, located at 1121 Chandler Avenue. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday between 7:30 am and 2 pm.

Programs for businesses and institutions

Private vendors are available in the Union County region to recycle fluorescent lights on a commercial basis. Following is a partial list.[ezcol_1third]

AERC Recycling
2591 Mitchell Ave.
Allenton, PA

Bethlehem Lamp Recycling
935 Bethlehem Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017


National Bulb Recycling, Inc.
P.O. box 127
Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717

TerraCycle US
Headquarters: Trenton, NJ

Veolia Environmental Services
1453 Pinewood Street
Rahway, NJ 07065