Fluorescent tubes are highly efficient light sources using low pressure mercury-vapor gas and an electric current to produce visible light. Fluorescent tubes which are dumped as waste and are not recycled properly are considered hazardous waste materials which can harm humans and the environment.
MSU departments can dispose of unused Fluorescent tubes for reuse by submitting a Pick Up Request Form (PURF). Students, faculty and staff can drop unused Fluorescent tubes off at the Surplus Store during regular business hours.
Where to Recycle Fluorescent Tubes
MSU departments wishing to dispose of used Fluorescent tubes for recycling should either place the tubes by their building’s loading dock to be collected by MSU Recycling or should submit a PURF.
Interior Recycling Stations
Public Drop off Center
University Apartments Recycling Stations
Athletic Event Recycling Stations
Exterior Recycling Stations
Where Does It Go?
When designated for reuse, unused Fluorescent tubes can be sold through the Surplus Store.
When recycled, Fluorescent tubes are sent to Cleanlites Recycling to be safely recycled.