CFL Recycling Program for Wake Electric residential members

Wake Electric DOES NOT accept or dispose of long, tubular fluorescent lamps.These should be disposed of at one of Wake County’s hazardous wasted disposal drop-off points. Drop-off your materials at the North or South Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. The program operates the 1st Saturday of the month at North Wake, 3rd Saturday of the month at South Wake.   Visit their website to learn more about the Household Hazardous Waste program and accepted materials.

Wake Electric offers compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling for residential members at our downtown Wake Forest office during business hours.

  • We accept COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS ONLY. We do not accept long, tubular fluorescent bulbs.
  • For more information on the program or about the office location, call 1.800.474.6300.
  • At each Wake Electric office, members can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs and give them to the customer service representative behind the front desk.
  • You can also bring in properly contained broken bulbs if you break a bulb,

1. Before Clean-up: Ventilate the Room

  • Have people and pets leave the room, and don’t let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out.
  • Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  • Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.

2. Clean-Up Steps for Hard Surfaces

  • Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag.
  • Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.

3. Clean-up Steps for Carpeting or Rug:

  • Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
  • Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.

4. Clean-up Steps for Clothing, Bedding, etc.:

  • If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be discarded.  Do not wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage.
  • You can, however, wash clothing or other materials that have been exposed to the mercury vapor from a broken CFL, such as the clothing you happened to be wearing when you cleaned up the broken CFL, as long as that clothing has not come into direct contact with the materials from the broken bulb.
  • If shoes come into direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from the bulb, wipe them off with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes.  Place the towels or wipes in a glass jar or plastic bag for disposal.

5. Disposal of Clean-up Materials

  • Immediately place all cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area for the next normal trash pickup.
  • Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing clean-up materials.
  • Throw away the properly contained materials in the trash or take to local recylcing center. You can bring the broken CFL (if properly stored) to a Wake Electric office or take to approved recycling center (see links at top of page for locations in this area).

6. Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Ventilate the Room During and After Vacuuming

  • The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window prior to vacuuming.
  • Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.

For more information on how to properly dispose of CFLs, click here.