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British Columbia

Since 2010, BC LightRecycle has accepted residential-use fluorescent light bulbs at collection sites across the province. Since October 1, 2012, the program has accepted all lighting products for recycling without charge, including all types of light bulbs and tubes, ballasts and lighting fixtures used in residential, institutional, commercial and industrial applications. Collection options differ based on the type and quantity of lighting products to be recycled.

Accepted Lights

The program accepts household quantities of all types of light bulbs and tubes for recycling for free at collection sites designated for consumers:

  • Fluorescent tubes (straight, curved, U, circular, square etc.)
  • UV and germicidal
  • Incandescent and halogen
  • Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
  • Light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Ultra High Performance (UHP)(replacement projector lamps)
  • High-intensity discharge (HIDs)

Maximum Return Limit

Maximum limit for return at one time in the consumer collection system is a combined total of 16 fluorescent tubes and/or a combined total of 16 other bulb types (i.e. any combination of CFL, HID etc. to a total of 16).

Accepted Lighting Fixtures and Products

The program accepts household quantities of lighting fixtures and products for recycling without charge at collection sites designated for consumers. The primary purpose of the product must be the illumination of space, which can include portable, hardwired, free standing and solar-powered products.

Prominent examples of accepted lighting fixtures and products include:
  • Bike Lights
  • Ceiling Fixtures
  • Chandeliers
  • Floor lamps
  • Light Strings (e.g. xmas lights)
  • Outdoor fixtures
  • Recessed/pot lights
  • Security lights
  • Table and Desk Lamps
  • Wall fixtures
  • Work lights


Maximum Return Limit

Maximum limit for return at one time is generally 5 fixtures, though some collection sites may be able to accept higher volumes. If you have more than 5 units that were used in a residential setting to recycle at one time, please call ahead to the collection site or contact us at info@lightrecycle.ca

Accepted Lighting Ballasts

The program accepts household quantities of lighting ballasts, including those containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Some lighting ballasts manufactured prior to July 1, 1980 contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and require special handling. These products must be identified separately from ballasts that do not contain PCBs and should NOT be taken to LightRecycle collection sites.

To determine if your lighting ballasts contain PCBs, please see page 5 of our generator guidelines here.

If your lighting ballasts do NOT contain PCBs, they can be dropped off at any of the collection sites designated to accept these materials.

If you have less than 5 kg of lighting ballasts that contain PCBs (typically a maximum of 2), you will be able to use a courier system to return your PCB ballasts for proper disposal, without charge.

For more information, please contact Brent at:
brent@productcare.org or 604-592-2972 ext. 213

You will be required to complete a Small Volume Declaration Form to confirm that you have properly segregated a maximum of 5 kg of PCB containing lighting ballasts from other materials.