Fluorescent & Non-Fluorescent Light Blubs


  • Fluorescent light bulbs, including energy saving compact fluorescents, contain mercury. When a bulb breaks, it releases mercury - which is toxic to the human nervous system and can poison wildlife - into the air. Fishing in many Massachusetts water bodies is restricted due to mercury contamination.
  • When a light bulb breaks, projected shards of glass may injure eyes or skin.


  • Store bulbs in box or case to prevent breakage.
  • Keep out of reach of children or pets.
  • Wear glasses when handling lamps.
  • If you break a bulb, follow the Guidance for Cleaning Up Broken Fluorescent Light Bulbs.

Light Bulbs

  • Non-Fluorescent, incandescent and LEDs can be thrown out in trash.

Management Options