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Light Bulbs - LED

A light-emitting diode product (LED) made into a lamp for use in light fixtures.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

ED (or light-emitting diode) lights, which are highly energy efficient and increasing in use, do not contain mercury. However, these lights have been found to contain other toxic metals (e.g., copper, lead, nickel, and chromium) that are harmful to human health and the environment. Manage these lights as hazardous waste like CFLs and fluorescent tubes.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Cole Hardware, Vallejo St. 627 Vallejo St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Golden City Building Supply 1279 Pacific Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Alameda County Business Hazardous Waste Drop-in Program (Livermore Facility) 5584 La Ribera Street Livermore Safe Disposal Drop-off for a Fee lamps & ballasts
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito Safe Disposal Free Drop-off See staff for assistance.
Center Hardware 3003 3rd St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Great Wall Hardware 1821 Taraval St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Handy Handyman Ace Hardware 2075 Market St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Duke's Hardware (2526 Noriega) 2526 Noriega St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Glen Park Hardware 685 Chenery St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
J & J Hardware 929 Geneva Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Brownies Hardware 1563 Polk St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Safe Disposal Free Drop-off HHW drop off - residents only. No broken items!
Papenhausen Hardware 32 West Portal Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Limit of 5 bulbs per trip
Canyon Market 2815 Diamond St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Revolt Recycling 657 143rd Ave San Leandro Safe Disposal Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee lamps and ballasts.
Progress Hardware 724 Irving St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Charity Cultural Services Center 731 Commercial St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Facility 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins.Proof of San Francisco residency required to use HHWCF
City Lights 1585 Folsom St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Some LED light bulbs contain toxic metals other than mercury and must be kept out of any of your three bins. There is a 5-light limit per trip.
Cole Hardware (Rockridge) 5533 College Ave Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Non-working small bulbs. 5 bulb limit per day (any combination of light bulb types).

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