Departments & Services

Fluorescent Lightbulbs

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Bernards Township Residents

Federal, State, and local regulations concerning used fluorescent lighting have escalated greatly. Much of today's lighting contains hazardous materials such as mercury, lead or PCBs. When these materials are released into the air or water it causes health concerns as well as harming the environment. It is important to keep these out of the waste stream.

In response to this, Bernards Township has developed a recycling program for this purpose. The Department of Public Works located at 277 South Maple Avenue is now accepting fluorescent bulbs for recycling on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. This is for residents only and I.D. is required. No businesses allowed. If you are a business and need guidance for a recycler of bulbs, please call (908) 204-2512 for more information.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Approved Facilities

Many of you may not be aware that certain consumer electronics and fluorescent bulbs contain heavy metals, mercury and others materials that are considered hazardous. These items must be properly disposed of according to Hazardous Waste or Universal Waste regulations.


Bethlehem Lamp Recycling
935 Bethlehem Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Clean Harbors Env. Services
41 Tomkins Point Road
Newark, NJ

Bulbs & Computers

Hesstech, LLC
45 Executive Drive
Edison, NJ 08817
(800) 958-1404

2591 Mitchell Ave.
Allentown, PA

Veolia Env. Services
1453 Pinewood Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(800) 478- 6055

The NJDEP maintains a complete list of approved facilities. Contact NJDEP at 609-984-6650 or visit their website at for names of additional approved facilities. Please call ahead for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items as well as pricing.

NOTE: Somerset County has adopted amendments to the solid waste management plan that will require commercial, retail, wholesale, restaurants, taverns, schools, institutions, warehouses, construction sites, factories, and offices buildings to recycle Mercury Containing Devices and Used Consumer Electronics. These mandates were approved by NJDEP and became effective May 23, 2007.