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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: August 21, 2015
Contact: Rick Gilbert, Moderate Risk Waste Program Manager

No: 2015-090

Recycle fluorescent, CFL & HID lights in Kitsap County at no charge

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County residents and businesses can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights at no charge as part of the state’s product stewardship program called LightRecycle Washington. Washington State law makes it illegal to throw away mercury-containing lights in the garbage as it accumulates in the environment and can be harmful to human health.

LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take mercury-containing lights including traditional fluorescent tubes (straight, curved and circular tubes), compact fluorescent lights, and high intensity discharge lights (commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures). The program does not accept lighting fixtures, ballasts or incandescent lights. Both individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling at no cost, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day.
In 2014, the Washington Legislature authorized an Environmental Handling Charge (EHC), now set at 25 cents, on each mercury-containing light sold at retail to fund the recycling program. Since 2010, it has been illegal in Washington to dispose of mercury-containing lights in the regular garbage.

“Fluorescent lights are long-lasting and energy efficient, but they contain small amounts of toxic mercury, which needs to be recycled or properly disposed of,” said Laurie Davies, manager of Ecology’s Waste 2 Resources program. “With the launch of LightRecycle Washington, we’re making it simpler to comply with the law and protect the environment.”

EcoLights Northwest is the recycling company that will be processing the lights collected by LightRecycle Washington. After mercury-containing lights are collected, EcoLights breaks them down and separates the components. Recyclable components, including mercury, are sent to other companies for further refining.
Light Recycling Locations:

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility – 5551 Imperial Way, Bremerton

  • James Lumber and Ace Hardware – 19801 Viking Ave, Poulsbo

  • Scott McLendon’s Hardware – 1692 SE Mile Hill Dr., Port Orchard

  • Kitsap Lumber and Hardware – 450 S. National Ave., Bremerton

  • Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware – 635 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island

  • Scott McLendon’s Hardware – 51 NE State Route 300, Belfair

Visit for more information or contact Kitsap County Public Works at 360-337-5777


Last Updated: 
August 24, 2015