This webpage includes information on how to properly  dispose of light bulbs, including incandescent, compact fluorescent,CFLs, and LED light bulbs in Iowa City, whether using a recycling facility or by working with a community partner organization


Incandescent Light Bulbs 

Incandescent light bulbs can be thrown away in the regular trash.


Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) and LEDs

Residents of Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside can  properly dispose of CFL and LED bulbs and tubes at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at no charge during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and LEDs contain a small amount of lead. Special handling is required to safely remove the mercury and lead.

Other household hazardous material may be disposed of at no charge by appointment. Call 319-356-5185 to make an appointment.


Community Partners 

The landfill also works with partners through our Adopt-A-Bin program. Drop off CFL and LED bulbs at the following locations. 

All locations accept bulbs for free. However, tube recycling may not be available at all locations, or there may be a charge. Call the specific location for more information.

  • ReStore, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • City Electric Supply, 315 East Prentiss St., Iowa City
  • Ace Hardware, 1558 Mall Dr., Iowa City
  • Ace Hardware, 600 N. Dodge St., Iowa City
  • Tiffin City Hall, 300 Railroad St.
  • Riverside City Hall, 21 East 1st St.
  • Lone Tree City Hall, 123 Devoe St.
  • North Liberty City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Circle
  • North Liberty Recreation Center, 520 W. Cherry St.
  • Lowe's Home Improvement in Coralville; call 319-545-8300 for more information

Questions? Contact Resource Management at 319-356-5151 or the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org.