All fluorescent lamps removed during a capital project must be recycled appropriately. UW Recycling coordinates the collection of lamps with the UW’s contracted vendor. Fluorescent lamps are collected in boxes.

If you have lamps to recycle that are not associated with a capital project,  consult the lamp disposal procedures page.


1. Request box delivery or use your own

Option 1: Purchase your own boxes through a vendor of your choice. Dimensions similar to 16”x16”x48” work well. Grainger, Questar and Uline all offer comparable options.

Option 2: Use the boxes from the new lamps to safely contain the spent lightbulbs and tubes, or any sealable box that the lamps and bulbs can be secured in.

2. Fill the box

Print this label and tape it to the boxes (one label per box). Begin using the boxes and add the date to the label. Fluorescent lamps can only accumulate for one year. Different types of lamps or bulbs must be boxed separately. For example, place all fluorescent tubes (FLTs) in a box and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in another box.

3. Request box pickup

Once the project is complete, submit a request and UW Recycling will schedule a pickup with the vendor. Pickup will be scheduled 5-10 days after the request is submitted. A signature is required upon pickup.


Who is Eligible to Use This Service?

Staff: Capital Planning and Development staff associated with a capital project are eligible for this service.



Charges are determined by UW Recycling’s contracted vendor, Clean Harbors.

There is a minimum of $350 per pickup. This is in response to a State contract change that went into effect January 2023.


Request the Service

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You will receive a copy of the request after submitting the form. If you do not receive a confirmation email within a few minutes, please try your request again.

UW Recycling responds to service requests within 2 business days. If you do not receive a response, please resubmit your request.

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