Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Program for Douglas County

Using Fluorescent Bulbs is Smart

The City of Superior, Superior Water Light & Power (SWLP) and Calument of Superior have partnered with Campbell’s Do It Center and Poplar Hardware to make recycling easy. Bring all spent fluorescent or compact fluorescent bulbs to either hardware store or to the City Wastewater Treatment Plant and get FREE recycling for most common bulbs. You can leave knowing that 100% of the bulb will be recycled properly.

Using fluorescent bulbs and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps is smart, but they have a small amount of mercury in them and need to be recycled. To help prevent this mercury from getting into the environment, in April 2002, the City of Superior Council passed an ordinance that banned the landfilling of compact and fluorescent bulbs. This ban applies to all Douglas County residents and commercial establishments.


The City's new shed for fluorescent light bulb recycling. Located at the wastewater treatment plant (51 E 1st Street).

* Recycling Service is only for Douglas County residents and businesses *

Here is how the program works:
· Take your used bulbs to a participating store.
· All households and small businesses may participate

· Most common bulbs will be FREE!

compact bulb

Bulbs that can be recycled:

Circular fluorescent tubes
U-bend fluorescent tube
Compact fluorescent bulb
HID lamps
Fluorescent tubes up to eight feet in length

Consider this - fluorescent bulbs have a very small amount of mercury in them, but over 6 billion bulbs are manufactured each year. The new "green bulbs" contain ~18 mg each.

That mercury adds up:

6,000,000,000 x 18 mg=
119 tons

each year!

For more fluorescent light facts, visit: Energy Star Fluorescent Light Bulb Information