Local businesses may dispose of unwanted fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts, and high-intensity discharge lamps at no cost or at reduced rates.

Business Bulb Collection Day is Thursday, August 18th  from 10 am to 1 pm at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 651 Summit Avenue, Mankato.

Xcel Energy commercial customers will not be charged for disposal of up to 10 light bulbs. Businesses that aren’t Xcel customers may take advantage of reduced disposal fees during the promotion.

Fees on Thursday, August 18th are 50 cents for each 4-foot or shorter bulb; 75 cents for bulbs more than 4-feet long and circular, u-shaped, and compact bulbs; $2.50 for HID lamps and broken fluorescents; $2.50 for shatter-shield fluorescent bulbs; and $5.50 for UV and neon lamps.

Checks should be made out to “RRI.” Xcel Energy customers must show a copy of a current bill to be eligible for the free disposal option.

Fluorescent bulbs are required to be recycled because of the hazardous materials they contain.

For more information, call Property & Environmental Resources (507) 304-4251.