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 light bulbs. 

How Does The Seattle Washington Mail Back Recycling Kit program work:

1.  Our pre-paid 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 by invoice with net payment terms and purchase orders please ask our representatives for our vendor program forms.

Universal Waste State-Specific Regulations

At a glance:

  • Recycling lamps is required for many facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent lamps is permitted in Seattle Washington
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is permitted in Seattle Washington

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The Universal Waste Rule for Lamps: WAC 173-303-573(5)

Any business that generates dangerous waste must follow the dangerous waste rules, Chapter 173-303 WAC. In Washington State, the Universal Waste Rule allows less burdensome management of the following wastes:

Businesses have the choice of managing these wastes as universal waste (UW) or dangerous waste. UW requirements for storage, transportation, and collection are less stringent. This publication focuses on the UW requirements for lamps. Publication number 98-407, The Universal Waste Rule provides more details on these requirements and the advantages of UW
management.

What types of lamps are considered Universal Waste?

The types of lamps that may be Universal Waste include:

  • Fluorescent
  • Neon “Neon” lamp manufacturers sometimes use gases other than neon, and lamps have been manufactured that
    contained up to 600 milligrams of mercury per tube.
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) (e.g., mercury vapor, metal halide, high pressure sodium)
  • Any other lamps that are dangerous waste
  • Compact fluorescent (CFL)

How can I tell if my lamps are dangerous waste?

The process of determining if a waste is hazardous is called designation. Through EPA test procedures, lamps have been shown to designate as dangerous waste because of their mercury and/or lead content. A generator has three choices when determining if their spent lamps are a dangerous waste:

  1. Assume that their lamps are a dangerous waste;
  2. Use manufacturer’s information, MSDS and other available information to designate by
    knowledge;
  3. Designate by sampling and testing.

What are the requirements for Universal Waste management of lamps?

Manage Universal Waste lamps the same as the other Universal Wastes, except for a few specific handling requirements. Because glass bulbs are easily broken, Universal Waste rules require specific handling procedures. Universal waste management requirements for lamps include:

  • Accumulation start date:
    Both used and unused lamps become waste on the date the handler decides to discard them. Accumulation and dating of Universal Waste lamps: You can only accumulate lamps for one year from the date they are generated. To document this, the collection container or individual UW lamp is typically marked with the first date of accumulation. An extension to the one-year accumulation limit is allowed if the facility needs more time to collect enough items to facilitate proper recovery, treatment, or disposal.
  • Labeling and Marking:
    Clearly label or mark individual lamps or containers with one of the following phrases:
  1. Universal Waste – Lamps
  2. Waste Lamps
  3. Used Lamps
  • Packaging:
    Contain lamps in structurally sound containers such as cardboard boxes or fiber drums. In addition, keep containers closed when not adding lamps.
  • Clean up procedures:
    Immediately clean up broken lamps and store debris in a closed container.

Large Quantity Handlers of Universal Waste (LQHUW)

When a handler exceeds 11,000 pounds (or 2,200 pounds for lamps), they become an LQHUW and are subject to extra requirements, including:

  • Notification to Ecology of LQHUW status, and which specific types of UW they
    manage.
  • Tracking type and quantity of universal wastes received and shipped.
  • Obtaining a RCRA Site Identification Number.

Transporting Universal Waste lamps:

You may self-transport UW lamps, complying with applicable U.S. Department of Transportation regulations. Refer to Ecology publication number 98-407 “The Universal Waste Rule” for details.

Does the rule apply to me?

The following types of businesses may generate dangerous waste lamps and can take advantage of the Universal Waste regulations:

  • Regulated generators of dangerous waste (Medium Quantity and Large Quantity Generators)
  • Businesses that generate or accumulate dangerous waste lamps in regulated quantities (this category may include commercial building/property owners that maintain the lighting for tenants)
  • Businesses that provide collection and management services (e.g., lighting contractors)
  • A dangerous waste generator has the choice of managing lamps as UW or under the more stringent dangerous waste requirements. In most cases UW management is much easier and the preferable alternative to dangerous waste management. Note that businesses that generate and manage dangerous wastes and UWs are considered both a dangerous waste generator and a UW handler. Regardless if you are a generator or a handler, you are liable for ensuring your waste is properly managed once it leaves your site.

Where do I send them?

Send them to BulbCycle. Click here to get started.

Why do we care about lamps?

Nationally, about 680 million lamps are disposed of annually, most to solid waste disposal facilities, including landfills and solid waste incinerators. Fluorescent lamps contain a small amount of mercury which is released when the lamp is broken. During waste handling and disposal, many lamps break, releasing mercury vapor and potentially exposing waste handlers to inhalation of those vapors. Waste incineration (not common in Washington State) of mercury-containing lamps also releases the mercury into the atmosphere. Mercury in the atmosphere is ultimately deposited back to the earth, rivers and lakes. From that point, mercury is then available to enter the food chain and eventually accumulates in fish. The mercury content in newer fluorescent tubes ranges from 3.5 milligrams to 8 milligrams or more. Some older fluorescent tubes (pre-1999) contain up to 50 milligrams of mercury. HID lamps may contain up to 250 milligrams, depending on the lamp wattage. Some lamps contain lead in the glass and lead solder in the base. Lead is a toxic metal that may leach from solid waste landfills into the ground water. Manufacturers are eliminating the lead by using non-leaded glass and solders in new lamps.

Although fluorescent and HID lamps contain toxic mercury and should be recycled, people are encouraged to continue using them because they use much less electricity and last much longer than other types of lighting. For this reason, fluorescents are a better long-term choice for the environment.

How do I manage lamps at home?

Homeowners are not required to manage their lamps as Universal Waste. They are strongly encouraged to take them to a local household hazardous waste collection facility or other appropriate recycling alternative, if available.

Sources: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/98407c.pdf

Click here for more information about disposal of Mercury-containing universal waste in the state of Washington.

Click here for more information about disposal of batteries in the state of Washington.

Washington State Lamp Recycling Locations

At BulbCycle Light Bulb and Ballast Recycling and Disposal, we work with government, private companies, hospitals, banks, retail stores, schools, and colleges throughout all of the state of Washington. We support Fluorescent lamp recycling and disposal from all the regions throughout the state. These areas include: Coastal Region, Northwest Washington, the Puget Sound, the Columbia River area, North Central Washington, South Central Washington, Northeast Washington, and Southeast Washington. Contact us at info@bulbcycle.com 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 Washington? We support Fluorescent lamp recycling and disposal for the following cities and counties in Washington.

Click here for more recycling information in Washington.

Seattle Washington is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the south; Idaho to the east; British Columbia, Canada to the north; and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Major companies headquartered here include: Costco Wholesale (Issaquah); Microsoft (Redmond); Amazon (Seattle); PACCAR (Bellevue); Starbucks (Seattle); Nordstrom (Seattle); Expedia (Bellevue); Alaska Air Group (Seattle); Outerwall Inc. (Bellevue); and Symetra Financial Corporation (Bellevue).

Many large companies in Seattle Washington Recycling Bulbs and Lamps including.

iotechnology[edit] Alder Biopharmaceuticals (Bothell)
Atossa Genetics – breast health
Dendreon — immunotherapeutics (defunct)
Juno Therapeutics
Seattle Genetics (Bothell)
ZymoGenetics — therapeutic protein

Computer hardware[edit] Cray Inc. — supercomputers
EMC Isilon — computer storage
F5 Networks — application delivery controllers

Conglomerates[edit] Vulcan Inc. — investment vehicle for Paul Allen

Consulting[edit] Alvarez and Marsal — management consulting, turnaround management and performance improvement
Avanade — business and technology consulting and information technology consulting
Slalom Consulting — management consulting and information technology consulting

Design[edit] ClearSign Combustion

Financial[edit] Capital One Investing
Gravity Payments
Moss Adams
Russell Investments
Seattle Credit Union
Washington Federal Savings

Food and beverage[edit] American Seafoods — management company for fishing vessels in the Bering Sea
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company — coffee retailer
Darigold — dairy agricultural marketing cooperative
Jones Soda — soft drink maker
Pagliacci Pizza — pizza restaurant chain
Seattle’s Best Coffee
Starbucks — coffee retailer and coffeehouse chain
Theo Chocolate — organic and fair trade chocolate manufacturer
Trident Seafoods — management company for fishing vessels in the Bering Sea
Tully’s Coffee — coffee retailer and wholesaler
Uwajimaya — Asian supermarket

Healthcare[edit] Center for Infectious Disease Research
Emeritus Senior Living
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Northwest Kidney Centers
PATH
The Polyclinic
Ventec Life Systems

Insurance[edit] PEMCO — auto, home, boat, and life insurance
Safeco — property insurance
Trupanion — pet insurance

Intellectual property[edit] Getty Images — stock photography
Intellectual Ventures — patent assertion hedge fund

Internet[edit] Allrecipes.com — online recipe service and forum
Amazon.com — retail
Avvo — legal services search
BuddyTV — TV news, second screen technology (Business closed)
Cheezburger — operates many humor web blogs such as I Can Has Cheezburger? and FAIL Blog
Classmates.com — social networking service
eNotes.com — educational resource service
evo.com – outdoor lifestyle + action sports retailer
ExtraHop Networks — network analysis appliance maker
F5 Networks — application delivery controllers
findwell — online real estate brokerage
Groundspeak — operators of Geocaching.com
Leafly — cannabis information
Moz — search engine optimization
Onvia — government business intelligence portal
Panopto — video content management
PayScale — global employee compensation database
Penny Arcade — webcomic
Porch — home services platform
RealNetworks — software
Redfin — online real estate brokerage
Smartsheet — SaaS work collaboration software
Soundrangers — online sound effects and music
Sporcle — online trivia
Tableau Software — data visualization
Thrift Books — retail
Turbo (formerly Spoon) — application virtualization
WhitePages.com — online people search, reverse phone & address lookup, and business search
Zillow.com — real estate information service

Law[edit] Davis Wright Tremaine
Lane Powell
Perkins Coie

Manufacturing[edit] Cutter & Buck — golf apparel
Filson — outdoor apparel
Pacific Coast Feather Company — bedding
Vigor Shipyards — shipbuilding

Pet Care[edit] Rover.com — dog boarding and dog walking

Property and architecture[edit] Bassetti Architects — architectural firm
Callison — architectural firm
Diamond Parking — parking lots
Howard S. Wright Companies — construction
John L. Scott — real estate brokerage
Johnson Braund Design Group — design and architectural firm
Miller Hull Partnership – architecture and planning
Mithun — architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and urban design
NBBJ — architectural firm
Plum Creek Timber — timber
Sellen Construction
Weber Thompson — architectural firm
Windermere Real Estate — real estate brokerage

Public relations[edit] Waggener Edstrom — public relations

Publishing[edit] Bilingual Books, Inc. — foreign language books and computer software
Fantagraphics Books — comics and graphic novels
Mountaineers Books — non-fiction books
Sasquatch Books — non-fiction books

Record labels[edit] Barsuk Records
Sub Pop — Fleet Foxes, Foals, Beach House, The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, No Age, Wolf Parade, and The Shins
Tooth & Nail Records

Retail[edit] Amazon.com
AttachmateWRQ — networking
Babeland (formerly Toys in Babeland) — sex toys
Bartell Drugs
Blue Nile Inc — diamonds
Brooks Sports — athletic apparel
Car Toys — automobile audio equipment and cell phones
Cascade Designs — outdoor apparel
Cequint
evo.com – outdoor gear & apparel
Indix — product intelligence database
Julep- cosmetics and personal care
K2 Sports — sporting goods and apparel
NetMotion Wireless — Mobile VPN Solution
Nordstrom — apparel
The Omni Group — develops software for the Mac OS X platform
Outdoor Research — apparel
PCC Natural Markets — supermarket
QFC — supermarket chain
RealNetworks — Internet
Rhapsody — online music service
Sur La Table — cookware
Tommy Bahama — apparel
Zumiez — action sports
Zulily – apparel and housewares

Sports, leisure and entertainment[edit] Professional Bowlers Association — sanctioning body for the sport of professional ten-pin bowling
Puzzle Break – the first American-based live escape room company

Transportation[edit] Aero Controls Inc.
Ambassadors International — cruise ships
Expeditors International — logistics
Holland America Line — cruise ships
Saltchuk — transportation and logistics
Windstar Cruises — cruise ships

Video games[edit] Arenanet — Guild Wars franchise
Big Fish Games — casual games
PopCap — casual games
Sucker Punch Productions — Sly Cooper and Infamous franchise
Undead Labs — State of Decay games

Companies based in the Greater Seattle area[edit]

Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac

Microsoft headquarters in Redmond

Other large or well-known interstate or international companies popularly associated with Seattle are actually based in other Puget Sound cities:
Alaska Air Group, Alaska Airlines, and Horizon Air — SeaTac
ArenaNet — Bellevue
Bungie — Bellevue
Classmates.com — Renton
Clearwire — Bellevue
Concur Technologies — Bellevue
Costco — Issaquah (founded in Seattle)
drugstore.com — Bellevue
Eddie Bauer — Bellevue (founded in Seattle)
eNom — Kirkland
evo – Seattle (Fremont Neighborhood)
Expedia Group — Bellevue
Fluke Corporation — Everett
INRIX — Kirkland
Intelius — Bellevue
Microsoft — Redmond
msnbc.com — Redmond
MulvannyG2 Architecture — Bellevue
Nintendo of America — Redmond
Oberto Sausage Company — Kent
Outerwall (formerly Coinstar) — Bellevue
PACCAR — Bellevue
Premera Blue Cross — Mountlake Terrace
Puget Sound Energy — Bellevue
Raleigh USA — Kent
R.E.I. — Kent (founded in Seattle)
Savers/Value Village — Bellevue
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue
T-Mobile US — Bellevue
Talking Rain — Preston
Valve Corporation – Bellevue

Companies formerly headquartered in Seattle[edit] Airborne Express (ground operations acquired by DHL, Plantation, Florida; air operations spun off as ABX Air, Wilmington, Ohio)
Associated Grocers (acquired by Unified Western Grocers of Los Angeles)
Boeing (now in Chicago, Illinois)
The Bon Marché (owned by Macy’s, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio; name changed to Bon-Macy’s in 2003; rebranded as Macy’s in 2005)
Cinnabon (acquired by FOCUS Brands, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia)
Corixa — immunotherapeutics, closed in 2006
Costco (now in Issaquah, Washington)
Eddie Bauer (now in Bellevue, Washington)
Ernst Home Centers (liquidated following unsuccessful bankruptcy filing in 1996)
Frederick & Nelson (went out of business in 1992)
Group Health Cooperative (acquired by Kaiser Permanente in 2017)
Immunex (acquired by Amgen, Thousand Oaks, California)
Muzak (now in Fort Mill, South Carolina)
MyLackey.com (defunct)
Rainier Brewing Company (now owned by Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (now in Greenwood Village, Colorado)
REI (now in Kent, Washington)
Safeco (acquired by Liberty Mutual)
Seafirst Bank (acquired by Bank of America)
Shurgard Storage Centers (acquired by Public Storage)
Speakeasy, Inc. (acquired by Best Buy in 2007 and merged with MegaPath in 2010)
Surreal Software (acquired by Midway Games)
United Airlines (now in Chicago)
United Parcel Service (now in Louisville , Kentucky)
Washington Mutual (failed in 2008, acquired by JPMorgan Chase)
World Vision (now in Federal Way, Washington)
Zulily (acquired by Liberty Interactive)

Companies in Near Seattle include.

5th Cell – video game developer; created Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life
Amazon.com — retail.
Apptio – developer of software used to evaluate and manage portfolios of IT investments through an integrated view of IT cost, performance, supply, and demand
ArenaNet – PC game developer of Guild Wars series; many ArenaNet employees formerly worked for Blizzard Entertainment
Baratza – coffee grinder company
Bungie – video game studio known for the popular Halo and Destiny franchises
Concur Technologies – offers online integrated travel and expense management for businesses; relocated its headquarters in 2013 from Redmond to the Key Center building
Dreambox – online elementary and middle school math software; headquartered in downtown Bellevue
Drugstore.com – online pharmacy and information site for health, beauty, wellness, personal care, and pharmacy products
Eddie Bauer – relocated its headquarters from Redmond to a 28-story office tower at Lincoln Square, which was completed in mid-2007; shares the tower with Microsoft’s North American sales headquarters
Esterline – publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and markets specialty products primarily for aerospace and defense customers
Expedia, Inc. – online travel company, which occupies Tower 333 (renamed the Expedia building) beginning November 2008
GlobalScholar – an operating unit of Scantron
InfoSpace – a growing Internet private-label search engine and online directory that survived the dot.com bust of the 1990s; reemerging in the mid-2000s with a mobile entertainment offering
Intellectual Ventures – a growing intellectual property investment company, prominently featured in the book Superfreakonomics
MulvannyG2 Architecture – moved to Seattle in 2015; now called MG2; the headquarters for the international architectural firm working with both commercial and mixed use projects
Orahealth Corporation – pharmaceutical manufacturer specializing in oral health care products
Outerwall – owner and operator of coin-exchanging and movie rental kiosks found in supermarkets
Paccar Inc – world’s third-largest producer of heavy duty Class 8 trucks (semis) sold under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, DAF and Leyland nameplates
The Pokémon Company International – North American headquarters for US operations for marketing and licensing the Pokémon franchise
QFC – Quality Food Centers; headquartered in Bellevue; a Washington and Oregon chain of upscale grocery stores (a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger)
Savers – operators of the Value Village thrift store chain
Sucker Punch Productions – Sony game developer which produced Sly Cooper, InFamous, and Rocket: Robot on Wheels
Symetra – life insurance company
T-Mobile USA – headquarters for their US operations are located in Factoria, a neighborhood of Bellevue; operates a nationwide 4G LTE network; Bellevue’s second-largest employer, with over 4,800 employees on the campus [1] and America’s third largest mobile carrier.
Unify Square – unified communications technology company; founded and headquartered in Bellevue
Valve – computer software/video games developer responsible for PC game client Steam, and best-selling games such as the Half-Life series, Portal series, and Team Fortress 2
WizKids – non-electronic game developer producing everything from collectible miniatures games to board games

Branches based in Bellevue[edit] Boeing – aircraft manufacturer’s Bellevue’s third-largest employer with over 2,800 employees[1] HTC Corporation – Taiwan-based manufacturer of smartphones and portable computing devices[2] Microsoft – Bellevue’s largest employer, with 7,500 employees[1]

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