Fluorescent light bulbs are picked up from the City of Superior’s Bulb Shed by the Northwest Cleansweep Program for recycling. The Bulb Shed is a free drop off site for fluorescent bulbs, made possible with the partnership Husky Refinery.
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.
In 2015, the City built a new shed for fluorescent light bulb recycling. Located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (51 E 1st Street).
Here’s how the program works:
Program available to Douglas County residents and businesses
Take your used bulbs to WWTP
Please call the front office for assistance to open to the shed
No broken bulbs they cannot be recycled
Place long bulbs (4’ - 8’) on shelves
Place odd-shaped and small bulbs in boxes below shelves
Bulbs that can be recycled:
Circular fluorescent tubes
U-bend fluorescent tube
Compact fluorescent bulb
Fluorescent tubes up to eight feet in length
Fluorescent bulbs have a very small amount of mercury (Hg) in them, but over 6 billion bulbs are manufactured each year. The new "green bulbs" contain about 18 mg each. That mercury adds up!
6,000,000,000 light bulbs x 18 mg = 119 tons each year!