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Light Bulbs (Residential)

fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, bulbs, light bulbs, cfl's, incandescent bulbs, LED's, CFL's, led's, halogen, HID, high intensity discharge lamps
Light Bulbs (Residential)
There is a huge range of light bulbs for sale now.  Fortunately there is also a recycling program that will take almost all of them for free for recycling.  Finally there is a recycling program that includes the incandescent and many other kinds of light bulbs.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

If you are using fluorescent or LED bulbs, you are already reducing by using these high efficiency bulbs to light your work space, just don't forget to switch off when you leave the room!

B.C. Hydro offers occasional rebates and savings information on Energy Star light bulbs.  Go to current rebates for more details.

Reuse

There are few practical options for reuse of light bulbs and tubes.

Recycle

Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and most other kinds of bulbs can be returned at no charge to designated retailers and at the Hartland Recycling Area. Product Care operates LightRecycle, the BC light bulb and lighting fixture stewardship program.  Go to Accepted Lighting Prooducts for a detailed list of accepted bulbs and go to Collection Site Locator for a detailed list of LightRecycle depots.  In these early days of this newly expanded program, it is a good idea to phone the drop off depots before going just to be sure they are set up for the newly included products.
Note: Some of the facilities listed below are not part of the free product stewardship program so charges may apply.

Also accepted are accidently broken, residential-use, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes in sealed plastic bags or sealed glass containers.

If you do break a fluorescent bulb, place the broken item in a sealed plastic bag or a sealed glass container and take it to a nearby LightRecycle depot.  For more details go to Frequently Asked Questions.

Facilities

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Bay Street Castle

    220 Bay Street
    Victoria
    250.595.1225

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue
    Saanich
    250.727.7480

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.7480

  • Canadian Tire

    1519 Admirals Rd
    Victoria
    250.381.3111

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • Galiano Recycling Depot

    220 Sturdies Bay Road
    Galiano Island
    250.539.5769

  • Hartland Recycling Facility

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • London Drugs

    All Locations in the capital region

  • reFUSE (Commercial and Residential)

    304 John St
    Victoria
    250.381.6007

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Sidney Home Hardware

    2635 Beacon Avenue
    Sidney
    250-656-2712

  • Sooke Bottle Depot

    2036 Idlemore Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4040

  • Sooke Home Hardware

    6626 Sooke Road
    Sooke
    250-642-6366

  • The Environmental Story

    Once professionally disassembled, the component parts of fluorescent tubes are all recyclable: the tube can be used to manufacture fiberglass; the ballasts or ends can be smelted down for reuse; and the mercury carefully distilled and reused.

    Did You Know?

    Mercury exposure can be highly toxic to the nervous system and kidneys – producing symptoms such as anxiety and depression – and may also affect memory, thinking, and nerve function with possible tremors and reduced coordination. Pregnant women and women of childbearing years need to be especially careful since some studies have shown that when women have higher levels of methylmercury exposure from eating marine mammals, their children have been found to have lower intelligence scores, delayed verbal and motor skills, impaired hearing, and poor coordination.  The United Nations estimates that mercury toxicity has caused learning disabilities and impaired the nervous system of millions of children worldwide.