What must I do if a fluorescent bulb breaks?

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you take the following steps if a fluorescent light breaks:

  • Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more
  • Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Wear disposable rubber gloves while you wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place those in the plastic bag as well.
  • Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces. If a fluorescent bulb breaks on a rug or carpet, follow the steps above, using duct tape to pick up the small pieces or powder.
  • Put that sealed bag into another sealed bag and dispose of in your outdoor trash container or take it to the transfer station.

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3. What can I do to make a better environment?
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5. How can I get one of those nifty Sherborn Recycles T-shirts?
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7. What must I do if a fluorescent bulb breaks?
8. I need to get rid of my old TV & monitor. Is there a free way to do it?
9. How does more efficient lighting reduce pollution?
10. What do I do with leftover medicines?
11. Do I need a sticker for the Transfer Station/Recycling Center?
12. What is a Dual Stream Facility?
13. What should I do with my plastic bags?
14. Is there any special information related to Covid 19 or other contagious illnesses?