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Environmental Services

Light Bulbs and Lamps

Light bulbs

All lamps and bulbs other than incandescent bulbs require proper disposal. These items contain mercury and other heavy metals that can be harmful to people and the environment.

Where to Recycle Lamps and Bulbs

The City of San Diego offers eight (8) one-day Collection Events every year. Lamps and bulbs are accepted at these events. Please check back later for spring 2022 collection event dates.


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Transfer Facility

The City of San Diego accepts fluorescent lamps/bulbs, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at their HHW Transfer Facility by appointment only. Incandescent light bulbs do not contain toxic chemicals, so you may dispose of them with your regular trash. You do, however, need to be careful of glass shards just as you would when disposing of any other glass objects.

Information on Fluorescent Lamps and CFLs

How to Handle Fluorescent Lamps and CFLs - California Department of Toxic Substances Control