Flourescent Light Bulbs and Battery Recycling

CFL's or Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent Light Bulbs can be dropped off at Aubuchon ( formerly ACE)  in Stow- lightbulbs containing mercury can now be brought to Aubuchon Hardware instead of the shed at the Police Station.  Aubuchon has kindly agreed to be the drop off location for the Stow Board of Health- please show them your appreciation by replenishing your bulbs or household needs there.  Bulbs can also be disposed of safely at the Devens Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center on the first Wednesday and Saturday of the month. 

For other items containing mercury such as old thermometers and thermostats, etc. can be brought to the Board of Health office. Please call first as space is limited.

Batteries
The Board of Health no longer accept alkaline batteries, Since 1994, most alkaline batteries contain only trace amounts of mercury and are not hazardous.  These batteries are marked with a green tree logo.

Nickel Cadmium rechargable batteries (NCads) exist in many sizes and shapes and are marked Rechargeable.  NCads contain cadmium , a metal that is toxic to humans when inhaled or ingested.  They can be brought to the Board of Health office.

Button Batteries used in watches and hearing aids, contain mercury, we will accept those for recycling in the Board of Health office.

Lithium Batteries used in computers and cameras contain lithium a reactive with water, and has caused serious fires.  These must be disposed of properly and can be brought to the Board of Health office during normal business hours.  Home Depot, Lowes, and Batteries Plus are other options for recycling lamps, batteries etc. Please check the Mass Department of Environmental Protection website for recycling any household hazardous materials.