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Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury that can pollute the environment and contaminate groundwater. Broken tubes and bulbs in a trash can or dumpster can create clouds of mercury vapor that can linger around the area for hours, exposing anyone nearby to the harmful chemical. Information about what to do if a fluorescent bulb breaks.
Disposal information for residents
The Yolo County Central Landfill will accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes from residents for proper disposal every day during normal operating hours. There is a $2.00 convenience charge regardless of the number of bulbs/tubes brought in. Residents of Yolo County can also bring fluorescent bulbs and tubes to the weekly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days at the Yolo County Central Landfill, held every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for free disposal. Davis Ace Hardware no longer accepts fluorescent bulbs and tubes for recycling. They were taking the bulbs and tubes back for a short time because of a hazardous waste grant received by Yolo County from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
Disposal information for businesses
Businesses can dispose of their fluorescent bulbs and tubes through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill or through a mail-back program. See the Business U-Waste Guide for more information.