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.
How Does The Mail Back Recycling Kit program work:
1. BulbCycle’s pre-paid California light bulb recycling program is for lamps/bulbs, exit signs, ballasts, batteries, electronics and thermostats. Each kits 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 buy invoice with net payment terms and purchase orders please ask our representatives for our vendor program forms.
California State-Specific Universal Waste Regulations
At a glance:
- Recycling fluorescent lamps IS required by the State of California
- Crushing fluorescent bulbs is NOT allowed in California
- Pre-paid mail back recycling IS allowed in the state of California
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This page is dedicated to information about California. It includes information about state-specific universal waste regulations as well as a list of all of the cities and counties we service in the state.
Universal Waste in California – Department of Toxic Substances Control
Universal Waste is a universal problem.
Universal waste comes primarily from consumer products containing mercury, lead, cadmium and other substances that are hazardous to human health and the environment. These items cannot be discarded in household trash nor disposed of in landfills. Examples of universal waste are batteries, fluorescent tubes, and many electronic devices.
Here is a list of Universal waste:
- Photovoltaic (PV) Modules
- Batteries — Includes most household batteries, AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both rechargeable and single use –Cadmium, Copper and (In older batteries) Mercury
- Discarded Battery Management at Facilities Handling Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials
- Cell Phones — Antimony , Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Zinc
- Electronic Waste and CRTs — Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, PCBs
- Electronic Devices –Lead
- Fluorescent Lamps — Mercury
- Information on the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008
- Mercury wastes like thermometers and toys — Mercury
- Non-empty Aerosol Cans — Propane, Butane, Pesticides
California Recycling Law
According to California law, all fluorescent lamps and tubes are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded because they contain mercury. (Title 22, division 4.5, chapter 11, section 66261.50)
Fluorescent lamps and tubes:
- Fluorescent tubes, including low mercury tubes.
- Compact fluorescents, including low mercury lamps.
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps:
- Metal halide lamps, such as floodlights for large indoor and outdoor areas and gymnasiums.
- Sodium lamps, such as those sometimes used as security lighting and outdoor floodlights.
- Mercury vapor lamps, such as those sometimes used for street lighting.
All fluorescent lamps and tubes must be recycled, or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler (e.g., storage facility or broker), or an authorized recycling facility. (Title 22, division 4.5, chapter 23, section 66273.8) (The law requiring that fluorescent lamps be recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler, or an authorized recycling facility has been in effect since February 9, 2006.)
See a list of all wastes banned from the trash.
When mercury-containing lamps or tubes are placed in the trash and collected for disposal, the lamps or tubes are broken and mercury is released to the environment. Mercury vapors from broken lamps or tubes can be absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream. People who are particularly close to the breakage are especially at risk. Mercury from broken lamps and tubes can also be washed by rain water into waterways.
According to a report entitled Household Universal Waste Generation in California, August 2002, there were 15,555,556 fluorescent lamps sold in California in the year 2001. According to survey results published in the report, only 0.21% of these lamps were recycled.
California Light Bulb Recycling Locations
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 California. We support Fluorescent lamp recycling and disposal from all the regions throughout the state. These areas include: North California, Central California, Southeast California, and the Coast regions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Call us at (858) 412-6536 with any questions regarding recycling lamps or bulbs in your area.
Where to recycle dispose of lamps and Fluorescent light bulbs in California? We support Fluorescent lamp recycling and disposal for the following cities and counties in California.
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California is a very large state with 38 million people It is located on the West Coast of the United States and is bordered by Oregon to the north; Nevada and Arizona to the east; Mexico to the south; and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Many world-renowned companies reside in California: Chevron (San Ramon); Apple (Cupertino); Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto); Wells Fargo (San Francisco); Google (Mountain View); The Walt Disney Company (Burbank); Safeway (Pleasanton); Ingram Micro (Santa Ana); Facebook (Menlo Park); eBay, Inc. (San Jose); Western Digital Corporation (Irvine); The Gap (San Francisco); Tesla Motors, Inc. (Palo Alto); Yahoo! Inc. (Sunnyvale); Intuit (Mountain View); Netflix (Los Gatos); Adobe Systems, Incorporated (San Jose); and more.
Cities Serviced by BulbCycle in California
Big Bear Lake
Del Rey Oaks
Desert Hot Springs
East Palo Alto
Half Moon Bay
La Cañada Flintridge
La Habra Heights
Los Altos Hills
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rancho Santa Margarita
Rolling Hills Estates
San Juan Bautista
San Juan Capistrano
San Luis Obispo
Santa Fe Springs
South El Monte
South Lake Tahoe
South San Francisco
Counties Serviced by BulbCycle in California
Contra Costa County
Del Norte County
El Dorado County
Los Angeles County
San Benito County
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
City and County of San Francisco
San Joaquin County
San Luis Obispo County
San Mateo County
Santa Barbara County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County