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Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

St. Clair County’s Environmental Services Department has added Fluorescent Bulb Recycling to it’s Electronic Recycling & Household Hazardous Waste Program

Background
Certain fluorescent lamps may contain toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead. When mercury-containing lamps or tubes are placed in the trash and collected for disposal, the lamps or tubes are broken and mercury is released to the environment. Mercury vapors from broken lamps or tubes can be absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream. People who are particularly close to the breakage are especially at risk. Toxic metals accumulate in living tissues and may cause severe nervous system damage. Mercury from broken lamps and tubes can also be washed by rain water into waterways.

General Guidance
  • Never incinerate fluorescent lamps. Inhaling the toxic mercury released is harmful.
  • Never crush bulbs. Crushing releases harmful mercury vapors and contaminated powder that can be inhaled.
  • When replacing lamps, consider buying new lamps with lower, nonhazardous levels of heavy metal. Some manufacturers are currently advertising such lamps.

Fee Schedule for Electronic Recycling & Fluorescent Bulbs

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Contact Information

Environmental Services Department
6779 Smiths Creek Road
Smiths Creek, MI 48074

Phone: Smiths Creek Landfill (810) 985-2443
Household Hazardous Waste     (810) 985-2443
Recycling (810) 985-2443
Fax: (810) 367-3062
Email: Environmental Services
 
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.