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. A limit of 12 lights will be accepted from a resident per visit. 

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.

A limit of 12 lights will be accepted from a resident per visit.

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: 6:30 am – 3:00 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 - 5:00 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' 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.