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CFL Recycling
Manhattan CFL Bulb Recycling Pilot Program
From 2009-2011, OROE partnered with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's Go Green program to make CFL recycling available at neighborhood sites in East Harlem, Washington Heights and the Lower East Side, thanks to a grant from Next Level for Recycling. This pilot program operated with the help of Go Green members in each community--Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, Hope Community and Green Depot--collecting 52 pounds, or about 200 bulbs at last count, with numbers still being tallied. While this pilot program has ended, NMIC will continue a CFL recycling program on their own. Green Depot and Hope Community are not accepting additional bulbs at this time.

CFL Recycling Resources

Beacon Paint & Hardware - Accepts unbroken CFLs and tubes for free with purchase of new bulbs during store hours. 371 Amsterdam Ave.

Home Depot - Drop off expired, unbroken bulbs at the returns counter. Click here for a store locator.

Ikea - Recycle unbroken CFLs at Ikea in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Click here for a store locator.

Lowes - Accepts unbroken CFL bulbs.  Find a recycling center near you

CFL Drop-Off Locators - Check for more recycling locations at and NYSERDA.

NYC Department of Sanitation - Residents can recycle fluorescent tubes (up to 4 feet long) and CFLs at Self Help Special Waste Drop-Off Sites and at annual NYC SAFE Disposal Events

Recycle in your Building - Many vendors offer mail-back recycling services. Visit to find resources.