On Campus CFL Recycling

The recycling of fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) on the CU Boulder campus is a joint effort by Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety

  • Facilities Management collects all of the fluorescent bulbs/CFLs they routinely replace, and also manages the main recycling effort on campus for fluorescent tubes. 
  • Environmental Health & Safety collects the bulbs generated in campus laboratories, and will also collect CFLs from campus offices who replace their own bulbs.  
  • Campus departments can arrange a pick-up of CFLs by contacting EH&S at 303-492-7845.  
  • Please store the bulbs in their original packaging or other sturdy packaging to prevent breakage.  
  • Also please note that ONLY CFLs generated as a result of University business can be collected.  
  • More information about Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs and other hazardous waste generated on campus can be found in the EH&S Hazardous Waste Generators' Guide (page 11).

Off Campus CFL Recycling

CFLs generated at home need to be recycled at one of the following locations:

  • Your local county Household Hazardous Waste collection site
  • Boulder County Hazerdous Materials Managemenet Facility, 1901 63rd St, 720-564-2220
    • Free for Boulder County Residents.  Bring ID or a utility bill to prove current address
  • Retail stores that now that manage collection sites:
    • McGuckins Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO, 303-443-1822
      • Bin in the electrical department, open during regular business hours, no charge
    • Home Depot, 1600 29th St, Boulder, CO, 303-449-4221
      • Bring to Special Service desk during regural business hours, no charge
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