Recycle Old Light Bulbs

Recycling is just one of the many ways we can contribute to preserving the environment and keep trash out of landfills. Many of the things we throw away on a daily basis are actually recyclable; these include papers, bottles, leftover food, broken electronic devices, and more. However, some items, like light bulbs, require extra steps to recycle safely. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the subject. 

Are light bulbs recyclable? This largely depends on the kind of light bulb we’re talking about. Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, for the most part, are fully recyclable. If your recycling facility accepts old cellular phones, there’s no reason they won’t accept LEDs. However, older light bulbs (i.e. incandescent light bulbs) are not recyclable and should be disposed of in the waste bin. Your local recycling facility will be the best source of information on what kinds of light bulbs are recyclable and not. 

How do you get rid of non-recyclable bulbs? It’s important to take extra care when dispose of waste items with glass. If you have the packaging your old light bulbs came with, you can use them to store the old or broken bulbs. If not, it’s a good idea to wrap old or broken bulbs with newspaper to prevent the small shards of glass from spreading. Some light bulbs, like CFLs have toxic chemicals in them, so try to send them to the nearest toxic waste management center in your area. 

What do you do with newer, energy saving light bulbs? Newer light bulbs like LEDs have engineering that’s much closer to a motherboard than a conventional light bulb. Which means that most recycling facilities that accept old electronic devices will generally accept LEDs as well. Find more tips on recycling light bulbs on Recycle Now. For suggestions on what LEDs to buy, contact the LiquidLEDs support team!

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