Light Bulbs

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WRR Environmental Services accepts all size and types of light bulbs during County sponsored Clean Sweep Events.  Fees do apply.

4' and 8' Straight Lights

  • Eau Claire Ace Hardware, 2618 Birch Street, Eau Claire  (715-836-7788)
  • Waste Management (715-723-7241)
  • True Value Hardware stores (downtown Chippewa Falls, 715-726-2510 and Lake Wissota, 715-726-2515)

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

  • Batteries Plus, 3115 East Hamilton Drive, Eau Claire (715-552-1939)

Mercury Health Alert!

Mercury is an extremely toxic substance that attacks the central nervous system.  The Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland was based on workers in England's felt hat industry who were sickened by exposure to mercury used to cure felt from beaver pelts.  The neurological symptoms resulting from mercury poisoning were misinterpreted to be insanity.

Mercury is poisonous by touch, by ingestion, and by breathing its fumes.  Because it is a liquid at room temperature, it readily evaporates and escapes into the atmosphere.  Later, mercury is deposited into rivers, lakes and streams by precipitation.  The amount of mercury in just one standard thermometer is enough, under the right conditions, to trigger a fish consumption advisory in a ten-acre lake.

Bottom line: It is dangerous to break fluorescent lamps.  If you break a lamp, or a mercury thermometer, DO NOT VACUUM THE SPILL!  This will do two things - it will break the mercury into smaller bits which will speed up the rate it evaporates, and it will contaminate the vacuum cleaner.

Instead, use a piece of cardboard to gather as many of the beads as you can and place it inside a plastic bag, and then place this bag inside another plastic bag.  It may also be wise to use sticky tape to collect any small fragments.  Bring the bag to the next county Clean Sweep event for hazardous waste disposal.  Visit the EPA's website to learn how to properly clean-up mercury spills.