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     Replacing your old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps can save you up to 75% in energy and last up to 10 times longer.

     Recycling Compact fluorescent lamps is essential in helping the environment, however CFLs contain mercury which is harmful to the environment, so they must be recycled properly.

     To properly dispose of these lamps which includes recycling their mercury, click here for coupons  worth 50 cents to encourage you to recycle properly.

Cass County: Lamps are accepted at County transfer sites:

  • Walker-Hackensack
  • Leech Lake Tribal Solid Waste
  • Pine River
  • May Township
  • Outing (Crooked Lake Township)
  • Slagle’s by Longville

Retail drop-off sites include:

  • Godfrey's Hardware, Backus
  • Ace Hardware, Walker
  • True Value, Remer


Crow Wing County: The County doesn’t currently accept fluorescent lamps for recycling.

Retail drop-off sites include:

  • Ace Hardware, Brainerd
  • Ace Hardware, Crosslake
  • True Value, Deerwood
  • Weidell’s Hardware, Brainerd
  • Batteries Plus, Brainerd


Morrison County: Used lamps are accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility.

Retail drop-off sites include:

  • Hardware Hank, Little Falls
  • Nilson’s Hardware, Swanville
  • Royalton Lumber, Royalton
  • Tom's Hardware Hank, Motley


     Your County Solid Waste sites may provide recycling at nominal cost for residents. Retail drop-off locations may charge from $1 to $2 per lamp for recycling, depending upon the size.  Check with your local retailers who may have special offers for recycling various lamps.

     To make the recycling process easier, each member of Crow Wing Power can get 50¢ coupons to redeem at retail recycling locations. Use one coupon per lamp and your participating retailer will apply this as a discount to your total recycling costs.

     To receive your coupon sheet, either call us at 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401 or click on the “Coupon” link above.

     What about mercury?
     One CFL contains a very small amount of mercury and should be recycled properly.  Broken bulbs require special handling.  By requiring less energy, CFLs will actually cut down on mercury pollution produced by burning coal.

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