Recycled mercury-containing light bulbs

Why should I use RecycFluo?

RecycFluo is Québec’s only recycling program for mercury-containing bulbs and lamps. Since its launch in 2012, more than 4 million mercury-containing bulbs and tubes have been kept out of landfills. RecycFluo responsibly collects & recycles these bulbs and tubes from Québec consumers and businesses, free of charge!

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How is the program funded?

RecycFluo’s funding comes from the Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) included in the sale price of new mercury-containing bulbs and tubes in Québec. The fees vary depending on the type and size of the product. The EHFs cover the program’s expenses: the collection, transport and recycling of mercury-containing bulbs and tubes, as well as promotional & awareness campaigns. These fees are NOT a governmental tax, or a deposit. For more information, please visit: About RecycFluo

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Do all fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury? Are they harmful?

All fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain a small amount of mercury, which allows them to efficiently produce light. When correctly used and handled, they are considered safe for use. At their end of life, these bulbs must be recycled responsibly. Make sure you take all possible precautions during their transport.

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I am a business. How can I recycle a large volume of mercury-containing bulbs and tubes?

Depending on your quantity, the program offers two FREE collection solutions for businesses in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.

For less than one pallet:

Find your nearest collection site for businesses.

For one pallet or more:

Contact us at 1-888-860-1654 or via email to obtain more information and/or to plan a FREE pick-up.

Note : A recycling certificate will be provided by the recycler within six weeks from the date they received your shipment at their facility.

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I am a consumer. Where can I bring my mercury-containing bulbs and tubes? Is there a limit?

Over 700 collection sites accept quantities of up to 16 fluorescent bulbs or tubes. Find a drop-off location here.

Are you a business? We have recycling solutions for you too! Learn more.

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What do I do in case of accidental breakage of a mercury-containing bulb?

Health Canada recommends you follow these steps:

Make sure that all people and animals leave the room and aerate it for at least 15 minutes.

Wear disposable gloves to avoid all direct contact with mercury or to prevent any injuries.

Using two thick pieces of paper or cardboard, carefully and gently scoop up the glass fragments and powder.

Use tape to remove any fine residual pieces of glass or powder, then wipe down the area with a disposable damp towel or cloth.

If the bulb breaks on a carpet or rug, use tape to remove the glass and powder. The use of a vacuum is strongly discouraged in order to restrict the dispersal of the mercury powder in the air. If it is absolutely necessary to use a vacuum, immediately change the vacuum’s bag after cleanup, or empty and clean out (with a damp, disposable towel) the inside of its container before your next use.

Dispose of the glass, powder, and any materials you used in the cleanup in a glass container with a hermetic seal in order to minimize the dispersion of mercury vapor.

Bring your sealed glass container to one of RecycFluo’s collection sites.

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How many bulbs or tubes go on a pallet?

On average, one pallet could contain:

  • 500 T12 fluorescent tubes OR
  • 1200 compact fluorescents (CFLs) OR
  • 600 High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs OR
  • A variation of the above-mentioned styles equivalent to the same volume

Generally, we recommend a pallet with the following dimensions: 4 ft L x 4 ft W x 4 ft H

For more information, contact us at 1-888-860-1654 or via email.

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What products do you ACCEPT?

The RecycFluo program accepts all mercury-containing bulbs and tubes. They can be identified easily by their HG (mercury) symbol on the bulb or tube. We recycle fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs for FREE, as well as any other type of bulb containing mercury.

Click here to see a list of accepted products

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What products do you REFUSE?

Bulbs and tubes that do NOT contain mercury: incandescent & halogen bulbs, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs or tubes, ballasts, or low-pressure sodium bulbs.