The Right Way To Dispose Your Light Bulbs

With the many different kinds of light bulbs available in the market, disposing one has indeed become a more complicated process. So, what really is the best and right way of disposing these different types of light bulbs? Below are the basic guidelines for you to keep in mind.

1) Incandescent Light Bulbs – These types of light bulbs are actually being phased out and are no longer available in the market. Nevertheless, it is important that you know how to dispose them properly as some of you still have them in your homes.

Incandescent bulbs can be thrown in the trash since they don’t have toxic materials. However, they are still dangerous if they break when you throw them away. What you should do is put them in a box of the same size as the busted light bulb or inside its old container.  This will help prevent the dangers of rupture. 

2) Halogen Light Bulbs – They are to be disposed in the same manner as the incandescent light bulbs. However, they contain a small amount of halogen gas which might escape if the bulb breaks. You need to be more cautious in handling them. It is good though that these types of light bulbs are less fragile and its box is designed to protect it. When it is time for you to dispose your halogen light bulb, you just put it back in its original packaging and place it into your trash.

3) Fluorescent Light Bulbs – These are highly toxic light bulbs as they contain mercury. You can’t just place them inside your trash since it is illegal to do so. You need to dispose the bulb properly to prevent the mercury from leaking into our natural resources like the water we drink.

So the proper way to dispose a used or busted fluorescent light bulb is to wrap it with an old newspaper and place it in a box before bringing it to the nearest recycling center. You may place the bulb in its designated bin or give it to the person in charge of the recycling facility. Your busted or used fluorescent light bulb will then be recycled safely.

If you are still unsure, please check out the Environmental Website for further information.