CFL BulbsCompact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use significantly less energy than traditional (incandescent) light bulbs. If every America home replaced one bulb with a CFL, we'd save enough energy to light 3 million homes, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to ~800,000 cars. Even though CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, that amount is significantly less than the amount of mercury avoided as a result of the energy savings.

Recycling Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

  • CFL bulbs: It is illegal to place CFL bulbs in the garbage, because they contain a small amount of mercury. You can recycle CFLs (bulbs ONLY) at any of the locations in the green box below. NOTE: if you have fluorescent tubes, please scroll down for recycling options as these are not accepted at the locations listed in the table below.

The Recycling Zone

3365 Dodd Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Bulbs accepted for free from residents

Cleanlites Recycling, Inc
7650 215th St, W 
Lakeville, MN 55044
Bulbs accepted for a FEE from residents 

Home Depot
Multiple locations
Home Depot store locator
Multiple locations
Menards store locator
Ace Hardware
Multiple locations
Ace store locator
True Value
Multiple locations
True Value store locator


Why use a CFL?

  • A CFL can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime if used instead of an incandescent bulb
  • It uses 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and lasts 10 times longer
  • Produces about 75% less heat, so it's safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling

Preventing CFLs from Breaking:

  • Always switch off and allow the bulb to cool before handling. If possible, screw/unscrew the CFL by holding the plastic or ceramic base, not the glass tubing
  • Do not overtighten
  • Keep out of lamps that could easily tip

Cleaning Up a Broken CFL:

Exposure to broken CFLs can pose a health risk, especially to pregnant women and young children. 

  1. Open a window, shut off central air conditioning or forced-air heating, and clear the room for at least 15 minutes, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends.
  2. Follow the detailed cleanup steps for either hard surfaces or carpeting/rugs posted on the EPA web site.

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Contact Us

City Education Department
13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337-3817
Phone: 952-895-4559

Dakota Valley Recycling

DVR is the partnership recycling department for the Cities of Apple Valley, BurnsvilleEagan and Lakeville that connects residents and businesses to recycling, composting and waste disposal information.

DVR is not a drop off facility and does not accept any materials for recycling.