If you're changing out old lighting, you may be wondering what to do with those old mercury-containing lights. The good news is as of January 1, 2015, Washington state residents can recycle these lights at no charge through the LightRecycle Washington program. Main categories of lights accepted for recycling by LightRecycle Washington are fluorescent tubes (straight or curved), compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and high intensity discharge lights (HIDs). The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.
LightRecycle Washington is funded by an environmental handling charge, or "EHC." An EHC of $0.25 per light will be added to all mercury-containing lights sold at retail locations in Washington state.