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Lighting Recycling Guide

Recycling is a huge part of our responsibility as global citizens. We have been taught to recycle paper, plastic, and glass; however, many of us forget to recycle our light bulbs. Many consumers have opted to use more energy-efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs in their homes and businesses, which is great for the environment! But the buck doesn’t stop there. After using energy-efficient lighting, it is important that is properly disposed of.

You may think that because a light bulb is glass, it can be recycled with the rest of the glass. That, however, is not the case. Because light bulbs contain harmful chemicals, they should not be discarded and left in landfills. The following resources have been compiled to help consumers learn more about light bulb recycling and disposal to help them make better choices and take steps to eliminate the amount of mercury and other harmful chemicals from being dumped in our communities landfills.