Recycling Program

Bay Lighting’s Recycling Program helps businesses preserve the environment, reduce waste, and comply with EPA regulations. We partner with a fully-permitted lighting and electronics recycling specialist. Rest assured, you can count on safe and easy light bulb recycling that is EPA, OSHA, and DOT compliant.

How to recycle your used commercial lighting products

How To Recycle With Bay Lighting

We love providing a manageable, no-hassle recycling process for our customers. Following light bulb recycling laws doesn’t have to be intimidating. Our process consists of the following:
  • Designate an area at your facility for light bulb recycling.
  • Collect lamps in a separate container to avoid breakage. We recommend using the box that your new lamps arrived in. Ballasts and batteries can be stored in a separate box. As a reminder, we do not accept broken lamps.
  • When you’re ready for a pick-up, seal your recycling box and schedule a pick-up.
  • Avoid pick-up fees by pairing your recycling with a new bulb order. Leave the rest to us!

Recycling Program Benefits

  • Recycle lamps, ballast, and batteries
  • Simple $2.29 per pound cost
  • Maximizes storage space by having your used bulbs picked up frequently
  • Saves time and resources by combining lamp delivery with recycling pickup
  • Customers will receive a certificate of recycling compliance

Lamp Recycling Calculator

Use Bay Lighting's Lamp Recycling Calculator as a general estimate for your commercial property.
Count the number of fluorescent, neon, CFLs, and high density discharge (HID) lamps that you plan to recycle and enter that number into the field. Our calculator will give you a general estimate for budgeting purposes.
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icon LED lamps can be recycled with us; however, they are not required to be recycled, by law, at this time. Thank you.

Mercury Lamp Recycling Process

Fluorescent lamps, CFLs, and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps contain small amounts of mercury. While lamps are not a major source of mercury pollution, the improper disposal of large numbers of lamps does add to mercury in the environment.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has special regulations for mercury-containing lamps and their U.S. EPA Mercury Lamp Drum-Top Crusher Study is a great resource for a safe recycling process. Determining the best way to recycle mercury lamps at your facility is a decision that should be carefully evaluated. Research current best practices, learn more about the options in your state, and protect your employees. Click here for a side-by-side infographic comparison.

Partner with Bay Lighting for a safe, fully-permitted recycling process and eliminate the possibility of unnecessary indirect mercury exposures by doing it yourself.

What Do We Recycle?

Currently, we accept the following items:
  • LED, fluorescent, CFLs, and high density discharge (HID) lamps
  • Ballasts
  • Batteries larger than a size D
  • Detectors – ask a representative about this specialized process, as it differs from our traditional recycling program
We recommend keeping the original box to store your recyclables. However, should you need a box for your recycling, we also sell special boxes for each item. Ready to recycle with Bay Lighting? Click here to get your free quote today, or contact a sales representative at 301-858-9494 to schedule a pickup.
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    Bay Lighting’s recycling program is available to commercial customers in DC, MD, or Northern VA. Recycling available for lamps, ballasts, batteries, and smoke alarms.