Safe fluorescent disposal locations in Yolo County

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By Joanne Brasch
Special to the Express

Fluorescent lamps offer energy efficient lighting; however, the key element that makes them so efficient, mercury, is a toxin which can harm the nervous system, kidneys and liver. Yolo County has several locations available for safe fluorescent disposal to keep mercury out of the environment.

If not properly disposed, fluorescents can be crushed in route to landfills and recyclers, releasing mercury vapors that are inhaled by workers. Sanitation workers – our essential workers – need protection from exposure now more than ever.

Locations for fluorescent disposal in Yolo County include:

• Yolo County Landfill (Woodland)
• Home Depot (Woodland)
• Batteries Plus (West Sacramento)
• Residents 65 and older or who are disabled may call 530-666-8856 to schedule a free door-to-door pick-up of fluorescents and other household hazardous waste (HHW)

Consider switching to LED light bulbs, they are known to last much longer than fluorescents.

The Yolo County Department of Community Services sponsors free household hazardous waste collection days for Yolo County residents every Friday and Saturday at the Yolo County Central Landfill. Fluorescent bulbs are currently accepted from Yolo County residents for free Monday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please go to:

California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) educates both the public and private sectors about Product Stewardship and closely partners with business, jurisdictions, waste and recycling companies, manufacturers, and others to promote and encourage sustainable practices and to recognize those companies who are taking a leadership role in participating in waste reduction. For more information, please go to:

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