Fluorescent Bulbs

Bulb Shed Timeline & Background:

In April 2002, the City of Superior Council passed an ordinance that banned the landfilling of compact and fluorescent bulbs. This ban applies to all Douglas County residents and commercial establishments.

In 2010, Wisconsin Act 44 established a ban on the sale and use of certain mercury-containing devices. The City of Superior Environmental Services Division Bulb Shed is a free fluorescent light bulb drop-off site. The Bulb Shed site is made possible with the Superior Refinery partnership.

In 2015, the City built a new shed for fluorescent light bulb recycling. Located at the Environmental Services Division (51 E 1st Street).

Bulb Shed Information: Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

The bulb shed recycling program reduces glass and mercury from entering the environment through proper recycling. Fluorescent bulbs have a very small amount of mercury (Hg) in them, but over 6 billion bulbs are manufactured each year. The new "green bulbs" contain about 18 milligrams (mg) each. That mercury adds up!

6,000,000,000 light bulbs x 18 mg = 119 tons each year!

Where do I bring my bulbs and mercury-containing products? 

Bring to Environmental Services Division.  Please "click" the call button at the front entrance for assistance. 

What does ESD accept?

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) • Button Batteries • Thermometers • Thermostats • Barometers • Flowmeters • Hydrometers • Psychrometers • Mercury Switches or Relays • Household Mercury-containing Items • Manometers (an instrument used to measure and indicate pressure)

What does ESD not accept?

Electrical Ballasts • Broken Bulbs • LED Bulbs (Do not contain mercury)

Is there anywhere else in Superior, WI that I can bring bulbs?

Campbell’s Lumber & Supply Co. is also a participating location. For more information visit: campbelllumber.com or call (715) 394-7721.

For more fluorescent light facts, visit: 

Energy Star Fluorescent Light Bulb Information 

Below are fluorescent bulb examples that can be dropped off at the Bulb Shed