Fluorescent Bulbs


Since 2009, four states, Maine, Washington, Massachusetts and Vermont have passed legislation requiring manufacturers to fund the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing products. Lamps containing mercury, including compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), save energy, but mercury is known to accumulate in fish and other aquatic organisms which can cause health problems if consumed by humans. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has a plan in place for retailers to accept fluorescent bulbs from consumers at no charge, similar to the E-waste program. More information on the effects of mercury can be found at http://www.mercvt.org/

Bulbs containing mercury cannot be disposed of with household waste. The State of Vermont has teamed up with many ACE, Do It Best, and True Value stores to offer free recycling of up to six fluorescent bulbs per visit.


Compared to fluorescent bulbs, standard incandescent light bulbs are not energy efficient as they use heat to create light, releasing more energy than is needed to maintain the white hot filament. Fluorescent bulbs use a gas to create light, and less heat is created, wasting less energy. By requiring less energy, fluorescent bulbs and CFL’s reduce the amount of pollution from energy production, which includes the emission of mercury from coal power plants.

By keeping these bulbs out of landfills mercury stays out of the soil, air, and water reducing the possibility that mercury will accumulate in fish, wildlife, and humans. For more information on fluorescent bulbs, visit


Locations Accepting Fluorescent Bulbs
Name Address Phone Notes (no broken bulbs)
The Home Depot 121 N. Bennington Rd., Bennington (802) 447-9997 Compacts fluorescent bulbs only
Miles True Value 178 Chittenden Dr., Arlington (802) 375-2525
Aubuchon Hardware 1131 Depot St., Manchester Ctr. (802) 362-7000
R.K. Miles 691 Depot St., Manchester Ctr. (802) 362-1952
Shaws Supermarket 64 Equinox Terrace Manchester (802) 362-4479
Bennington Transfer Station 904 Houghton Rd., Bennington (802) 447-8737 Residents of Bennington and Woodford
Hours: M, W, F: 8 AM to 3 PM
T, TH: 8 AM-1 PM
Sunderland Transfer Station 4561 Sunderland Hill Rd., Sunderland (802) 362-1789 Residents of Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland
Hours: M, T, Th, F: 7:30 AM-2 PM
Sat: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Northshire Transfer Station 310 Tennis Way, East Dorset (802) 447-9997 Residents of Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland
Hours: M-F: 8AM to 2 PM
Sat: 8AM to 12 PM