Light Bulbs (Fluorescent / CFL) Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains Hazardous Waste Napa’s Lighting Efficiency & Safe Stewardship (LESS) recycling program promotes the safe and free disposal of residents’ fluorescent bulbs and tubes (up to 4′). The following retailers participate in this program in Napa: Ace Hardware – Zeller’s819 Randolph St, Napa | (707) 224-0204 Ace Hardware – Clark’s325 Lincoln Ave, Napa | (707) 255-4272 Outdoor Supply Hardware3980 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa | (707) 690-0366 Napa Electric2240 Brown St, Napa | (707) 252-6611 LESS is sponsored by the City of Napa, Leadership Napa Valley, Napa County, PG&E, the U.S. Department of Energy & Napa Recycling & Waste Services. Household-generated fluorescent bulbs and tubes (up to 4′) are also accepted at the following Napa County locations: Ace Hardware – Silverado1450 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga | (707) 942-4396 Ace Hardware – Howell Mountain15 Angwin Plaza, Angwin | (707) 965-7537 Clover Flat Landfill4380 Silverado Trail, Calistoga | (707) 963-7988 Hazardous Waste Collection Facility – all lengths of tubes accepted889A Devlin Road, American Canyon | 1-800-984-9661 Home Depot — CFLs Only — No Fluorescent Tubes225 Soscol Ave, Napa | (707) 251-0162 Steve’s Hardware1370 Main St, St. Helena | (707) 963-3424 Never Throw in the Trash Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, which is a hazard for your health and the environment. Never throw them away. Store them outside in a sealed container, and dispose of them as Household Hazardous Waste. Air Out Room if Bulb Breaks Broken CFL bulbs can release mercury vapor. If one breaks, clear people and pets out of the room, and then air it out for five to ten minutes. To stop the vapor from spreading, also shut off the heat, ventilation and air-conditioning. Avoid Vacuuming if Possible Don’t use a vacuum to clean up because this can spread the mercury powder from a broken CFL bulb. Instead, sweep up broken pieces with cardboard or paper. If there are any leftover shards of glass, use a piece of tape to pick them up. Identifying a CFL Bulb If you are unsure if your bulb is CFL, check if your bulb is listed with these other CFL bulbs: linear, U-tube and circline fluorescent tubes, bug zappers, tanning bulbs, black lights, germicidal bulbs, high output bulbs and cold-cathode fluorescent bulbs. Alternative Ways to Recycle Bring in to Lowe's Lowe’s accepts rechargeable batteries and CFLs at any of their store locations for free recycling. Find the nearest store. Did You Know? Which Bulbs Are More Energy Efficient Than Incandescent Lamps? LED lights are more energy efficient than incandescent and CFL bulbs: they last 50 times as long as traditional incandescent bulb and use 80 percent less energy. Fluorescent bulbs last three to 25 times longer than incandescents and use anywhere between 20 and 80 percent less energy.