fluorescent bulbs

State law requires all loads be covered before transport.

Fluorescent lamps/bulbs are accepted year-round at the Marathon County Landfill.  Fees for bulbs are:

  • CFL’s and under 4’ tubes - $0.50/ea
  • Over 4’ tubes - $1.00/ea
  • HID’s - $0.75/ea
  • If you have more than 100 bulbs, please call 715-446-3101, ext. 100 to let us know you are coming.
      

OTHER OPTIONS

Call ahead for fees and hours:

Batteries Plus: 4511 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau, 715-355-9201

Advanced Disposal: 5509 Fuller Street, Schofield, 715-359-6637

How should I clean up a broken fluorescent bulb?

Fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a fluorescent bulb breaks in your home, some of this mercury is released as mercury vapor. To minimize exposure to mercury vapor, EPA recommends that residents follow cleanup and disposal steps. A cleanup overview is described below; please visit EPA for more information.

The most important steps to reduce exposure to mercury vapor from a broken bulb are:

BEFORE CLEANUP 

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
  • Shut off the central forced air heating/air conditioning (H&AC) system, if you have one.
  • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb

DURING CLEANUP

  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

AFTER CLEANUP

  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
  • For several hours, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the H&AC system shut off.