Safest Ways to Get Rid of Broken Light Bulbs
Part of what makes LED light bulbs a great, economical investment is their durability and lifespan. A tougher, longer-lasting light bulb means having to replace it less often, which is not only good for your wallet, but the environment as well.
Both incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) may be ordinary household items, but they require a bit of care when it comes to their disposal. Incandescent light bulbs contain tungsten, while CFLs contain mercury, both of which can have a lasting impact on the environment when not disposed of properly.
If you’ve never tried properly disposing of your light bulbs, or perhaps want to know if you’ve been doing it right, below are some tips on the subject.
1. Don’t dispose of broken or burnt out light bulbs right away. Instead, try to amass as many bulbs as you can, keeping them in a box somewhere safe. It’s better to bring bulbs to the recycling facility in bulk instead of making a drop off each time you have a broken light—you get to cut down on time spent recycling with this approach.
2. Start a light bulb recycling program in your neighborhood! You h start small with a few close friends in your vicinity, deciding with a drop-off point for broken, discarded light bulbs. If you already have a recycling initiative in your neighborhood, check if it has measures outlined specifically for light bulbs.
3. Does your company use a significant number of light fixtures in the premises? You can try to convince management to work with government recycling agencies and office-supply companies and help with proper disposal of light bulbs. Who knows, they might get something out of it too.
For comments, questions, and suggestions on proper light bulb disposal, don’t hesitate to contact the LiquidLEDs support team at 1800 744 706.