Ballasts should be removed from the light fixture. Electronic ballasts used today may contain lead solders. Ballasts manufactured before 1979 contain capacitors with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). All ballasts manufactured after 1/1/1979 do not contain PCBs and are labeled: "No PCBs."
Light Bulbs & Ballasts
Incandescent light bulbs must be disposed of in your regular trash.
Lowes and Home Depot will accept spiral Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs for recycling at no charge (NO tube, circular or U-shaped fluorescent bulbs). The ecopark will accept CFLs, fluorescent bulbs (tube, circular or u-shaped) high intensity discharge bulbs (HIDs) and ballasts also at no charge. Batteries Plus Bulbs will accept all of the above as well as other bulb types but fees may apply. Visit the sites below to learn more about retailers' bulb recycling programs.
Lowes has a seasonal Christmas light recycling program and the ecopark will accept Christmas lights at no charge year-round.
ecopark Accepts the Following Bulbs/Ballasts During All Operating Hours
- Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Bulbs
- Tube, Circular & U-Shaped Fluorescent Lights
- Christmas Lights
- Ballasts (remove from light fixture)
- NO LED or Incandescent Bulbs (dispose in trash)