Light Tubes & Bulbs Disposal

 

Fluorescent lamps/bulbs are considered Universal Waste under federal law. This is a special category of hazardous waste and must be managed/disposed of

appropriately. Included with fluorescent tubes/bulbs are HID (high intensity discharge) lamps. These lamps are used in many outdoor applications such as

stadium and arena lighting as well as in overhead projectors. EH&S handles all light tube/bulb recycling on campus. This includes fluorescent tubes, compact

fluorescent bulbs, and high-intensity discharge bulbs. Submit a Hazardous Waste Pickup request for bulb disposal.

 

  • Fluorescent Light Tubes - Place into original manufacturer’s boxes or request boxes from EH&S. Write ‘Universal Waste - Lamps’ and the date on the box.

Tape up when full and submit a hazardous waste request for EH&S to pick up.

  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs - Place into any sturdy box, tape up, and write ‘Universal Waste – Lamps’ and the date on the box. Place hazardous waste

request for EH&S to pick up.

  • High Intensity Discharge Bulbs - Place into any sturdy box, tape up, and write ‘Universal Waste – Lamps’ and the date on the box. Place hazardous waste

request for EH&S to pick up.

  • Incandescent Bulbs – These are not considered universal or hazardous waste. They can be bagged/boxed up (to avoid broken glass) and thrown in the dumpster.

 


      Fluorescent Tubes               Compact Fluorescent Bulbs            High-Intensity Bulbs           Incandescent Bulbs

 

Universal Waste refers to a specific set of hazardous waste items commonly used and disposed of by businesses and other non-households. Federal and state

rules are meant to encourage and streamline management of these categories of waste. Light bulbs/tubes are one of these classes of universal waste. Different

types of bulbs/tubes contain chemicals and materials which may be harmful to people or the environment and need to be properly disposed of. OSU has programs

in place, managed by EH&S, to assist the campus community with safely diverting these materials from the university hazardous waste stream into appropriate

recycling. Light bulbs/tubes managed as universal waste can be recycled and avoid the expense and liability of being treated as hazardous waste.

  

Properly labeled and stored waste bulbs

 

For assistance with Light Bulb or Universal Waste management contact EH&S at 737-2273 or safety@oregonstate.edu