Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Though all fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, their use is encouraged because they are highly energy efficient. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that can be toxic to humans, wildlife and can pollute our environment. Be aware of fish consumption advisories, call 1-866-9MERCURY for details.

Clean up broken bulbs, then place in a plastic bag. For long tubes, do not tape together and try to bring in a cardboard box.

  • Accepted at the Recycling Center during open hours (Tuesdays & Thursdays 4pm-7:30pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm). We accept all fluorescent bulbs including CFLs, U-tubes, circular and long tubes.


  • Accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste collections.


  • Accepted at these local stores:

    Dickson Brothers, 26 Brattle St, 617.876.6760
    Inman Square Hardware, 1337 Cambridge St, 617.491.3405
    Pills Hardware, 743 Massachusetts Ave 617.876.8310
    Tags Ace Hardware, 26 White Street, 617.868.7711




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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Recycling Center Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm  
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm