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Fluorescent Bulbs

What Makes Them Hazardous?

Fluorescent bulbs, tubes, high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, and neon lamps present a hazard because they contain mercury, which is Image of a drawing of a fluorescent bulb.toxic to many organ systems, including the central nervous system. If lamps are broken and the mercury is released, inhaling the vapor can cause damage to the nervous and reproductive systems. Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain very small amounts of mercury, save energy and reduce mercury from coal-fired power plants, so using them is a good idea. But proper recycling is important, because they do contain small amounts of mercury.


Safety Notes

Disposal Options


The Residential Disposal Guide is provided by the Missoula Valley Water Quality District as a public service and is not an endorsement of specific businesses, services or products. Any omissions or inaccuracies are unintentional. Please contact us with corrections or additions. Call businesses or agencies to confirm hours, locations and charges for services, if any. For information on disposal of items not listed, email or call the Water Quality District at 406-258-4890, M - F, 8 am to 5 pm.

Some of the information provided is from the Washington County, MN, Dept. of Public Health and Environment website.

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