Both fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury, which is an element that can cause neurological damage if inhaled or otherwise absorbed by the body. In order to reduce the amount of mercury entering the landfill, The City of Red Deer is now accepting fluorescent light bulbs as part of its existing household hazardous waste program. Mercury will be safely removed and the bulbs will be crushed and sent away for recycling.
City residents may drop off unbroken fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs at the household hazardous waste building at the landfill any time during regular operating hours. Unfortunately, broken bulbs can not be accepted for recycling. Broken bulbs should be packaged according to appropriate cleanup procedures and disposed of in your regular household garbage.
If you are a commercial or institutional customer with more than 50 spent fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent light bulbs, please call Environmental Services at 403-342-8750 before coming to the landfill. Normal tipping fees will apply.
For more information on this or other Waste Management Programs, please call The City of Red Deer Blue Line at 403-340-BLUE (2583).