New program recycles fluorescent lights
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February 3, 2015

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 3, 2015

Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at 130 sites throughout the state, with more being added in the months ahead.

LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high-intensity-discharge lights, commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.

Individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day.

Local drop-off locations include:

  • Recology CleanScapes — 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 22
  • Bartell Drugs — 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

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