The Westerville Electric Division is joining Rumpke in encouraging residents to avoid throwing batteries and light bulbs in with their curbside trash and recycling because they can cause fires or hazards from dangerous waste in collection trucks and at the landfill. Instead, bring these items to the Electric Division for free and proper recycling!
Instead of tossing batteries and light bulbs in the trash or improperly putting them in your recycling container, bring them to the Westerville Electric Division at 139 E. Broadway Avenue for safe recycling. Inside recycling facilities are available from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There are outside receptacles available 24/7.
Accepted batteries include: lithium (rechargeable), lead-acid wet cell (vehicles) and typical household (AA, AAA, D, D, etc.). Accepted light bulbs include: incandescent, halogen, CFL, fluorescent, LED, tube lights, etc. Individuals recycling large quantities of either batteries or light bulbs (especially large quantities of tube lights) are encouraged to call (614)901-6700 in advance.
Below is some additional information on light bulb recycling:
- Incandescent and halogen light bulbs do not contain any hazardous materials. They are recyclable by special processors and the Westerville Electric Division will take the bulbs to one of these facilities for recycling at no cost to the consumer.
- CFL and other fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, a hazardous material. The bulbs are safe to use in your home, but when they end up in a landfill, they can contaminate soil and water. The Westerville Electric Division will take the bulbs to a special processor for recycling at no cost to the consumer. Any broken CFL or fluorescent bulbs recycled at the Westerville Electric Divisions should be in a sealed bag.
- LED bulbs are non-toxic. The Westerville Electric Division will recycle these bulbs at an appropriate processing center at no cost to the consumer.