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Fluorescent & LED Bulb Recycling In North Carolina

Why Recycle CFL & LED Bulbs in the State of North Carolina

Please Note:  If you are a residential customer and have less than 40 bulbs, contact your local city hall and ask if your city has drop off locations for its residents to dispose of light bulbs. 

According to The North Carolina Environmental Quality Website –

Under federal and state regulations, commercial and industrial entities are required to determine whether mercury-containing lamps, including compact fluorescents, that are destined for disposal are classified as a hazardous waste. Households, however, are exempt from these regulations.

A lamp is considered a hazardous waste if it exhibits the characteristic of hazardous waste toxicity. Generators can determine whether a lamp exhibits the toxicity characteristic for mercury by using the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure to test the lamp or by receiving documentation from the lamp manufacturer, distributor, vendor or other reliable source.

Lamps that pass the TCLP are not hazardous and, therefore, are not subject to federal or state hazardous waste regulations. These lamps can be shipped to a recycler as non-hazardous waste or sent to a municipal landfill if the landfill accepts them.

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At a glance:

  • Recycling fluorescent lamps IS required by the State of North Carolina
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is NOT allowed in North Carolina
  • Pre-paid mail back recycling IS allowed in the state of North Carolina

Need Recycling Containers for North Carolina?

Where To Recycle CFL & LED Bulbs in North Carolina

Consumers can dispose of single bulbs at local recycling centers or at some big box retailers. BulbCycle offers an enterprise-focused solution for businesses for bulk disposal. At BulbCycle Light Bulb Recycling and Disposal, we work with government, private companies, hospitals, banks, retail stores, schools, and colleges throughout all of the state of North Carolina. We provide recycling and disposal for Fluorescent lamps, bulbs, CFLs, and batteries from all the regions throughout the state. Contact us at or call us at (858) 412-6536 with any questions regarding recycling lamps or bulbs in your area.

How BulbCycle’s Process Works

Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Kits

  1. Our pre-paid recycling program is for lamps/bulbs, exit signs, ballasts, batteries, electronics and thermostats. Each kit’s price includes a container, all shipping costs to the recycling center, recycling costs and a certificate of recycling. You should receive your container(s) in 3-8 business days or less once ordered. You have one year to return them to us. On the website businesses can choose which containers will best serve their needs. Containers are available for fluorescent lamps, CFLs, ballasts, batteries, electronics, and thermostats.
  2. Once the containers have been received a business can fill them up at their own pace. Each container is pre-printed with simple step-by-step instructions in both English and Spanish.
  3. When a container is filled and sealed, the business can call the FedEx phone number that comes on each box to schedule a pre-paid pickup from their location. The filled container will be delivered for recycling to one of BulbCycle’s permitted facilities located within the United States.

If you would like to pay by invoice with net payment terms and purchase orders please ask our representatives for our vendor program forms.

North Carolina Has Many Environmental Programs:

North Carolina is located in the Southeastern United States. It is bordered by South Carolina and Georgia to the south; Tennessee to the west; Virginia to the north; and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Major companies located in North Carolina include: Bank of America (Charlotte); Lowe’s Companies (Mooresville); Duke Energy Corporation (Charlotte); Harris Teeter Supermarkets (Matthews); Hanesbrands Inc. (Winston-Salem); American Tire Distributors Holdings (Huntersville); Chiquita Brands International (Charlotte); Family Dollar Stores (Matthews); Reynolds American (Winston-Salem); and Alliance One International (Morrisville).


Thanks for the super quick delivery and great customer service. BulbCycle always comes through when we need them.

-Zachary H.

BulbCycle’s kits are easy to use and return shipping is included. What a deal!

-Bob C.

Fantastic customer service. Very easy for my crew to put the bulbs into the boxes when we’re uninstalling them.

-Pedro G.

Cities Serviced by BulbCycle in North Carolina:

Albany Amsterdam Auburn Batavia Beacon Binghamton Buffalo Canandaigua Cohoes Corning Cortland Dunkirk Elmira Fulton Geneva Glen Cove Glens Falls Gloversville Hornell Hudson Ithaca Jamestown Johnstown Kingston Lackawanna Little Falls Lockport Long Beach Mechanicville Middletown Mount Vernon New Rochelle New York City Newburgh Niagara Falls North Tonawanda Norwich Ogdensburg Olean Oneida Oneonta Oswego Peekskill Plattsburgh Port Jervis Poughkeepsie Rensselaer Rochester Rome Rye Salamanca Saratoga Springs Schenectady Sherrill Syracuse Tonawanda Troy Utica Watertown Watervliet White Plains Yonkers Counties Serviced by BulbCycle in New York Albany Bronx, Kings, New York,Queens, and Richmond Broome Cattaraugus Cayuga Chautauqua Chemung Chenango Clinton Columbia Cortland Dutchess Erie Fulton Genesee Herkimer Jefferson Madison Monroe Montgomery Nassau Niagara Oneida Onondaga Ontario Ontario[A] Orange Oswego Otsego Rensselaer Saratoga Schenectady St. Lawrence Steuben Tompkins Ulster Warren Westchester