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High Intensity Discharge Lamps

High Intensity Discharge Lamps
High Intensity Discharge Lamps (HIDs) are highly efficient and long lasting light bulbs primarily used for outdoor lighting or to illuminate vast indoor spaces. Other types of HIDs are Metal Halide Lamps, Mercury Vapour Lamps and High Pressure Sodium Lamps. These and most other kinds of light bulbs are managed through the province-wide LightRecycle product stewardship program. A full list of what is accepted and free depot locations is available on their website.

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How do I go green?

Turn lights off whenever possible and use a timer to extend lamp life. Simply using an HID instead of an incandescent bulb keeps half a tonne of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb.

Unfortunately, HIDs do not have any applicable use after they burn out. 

Not all facilities listed below are part of the provincial program and may charge a fee for drop off. Contact facilities directly regarding restrictions and charges.


  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • GFL Environmental (formerly Alpine, and Terrapure Environmental)

    1045 Dunford Avenue

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Home Depot

    All locations in the capital region

  • Home Hardware - Sooke

    6626 Sooke Road

  • Pender Island Recycling Depot

    4400 Otter Bay Road
    Pender Island

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • Sooke Bottle Depot

    2032 Idlemore Road

  • The Environmental Story

    Light bulbs such as Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs) proportionately outperform incandescent bulbs. It can take several minutes for a HID to light up, so use of these lamps is limited to large outdoor areas such as athletic playing fields, parking lots, and indoor areas like gymnasiums and hallways. The precious and toxic trace amount of mercury found within the lamp, the glass tube and the ballast are recyclable and require proper disposal.