Light bulb disposal

When a light bulb has reached the end of its useful life, trash it. Is it trash or recyclable?

Cracked or shattered bulbs constructed from glass, mercury, and tungsten filaments are considered hazardous waste.

It may need to be disposed of differently than regular trash.

The EPA advises placing damaged bulbs in a container and contacting a local waste management agency for disposal instructions.

Newer LED bulbs may be recycled easily. These bulbs aren't considered hazardous waste, so you may throw them in the garbage to decompose.

According to GreenTech Solutions Group, these bulbs are 95% recyclable. Contact Earth911 or Batteries Plus to discover a location with a recycling programme.

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