Energy Savings Light Bulb Disposal
- Use the Internet to check your state's recycling policy (see Resources). Type in your state's name and the words environmental regulatory agency into a search engine. Your local town or city hall also has information about nearby recycling facilities.
- Remove burned out bulbs from the socket carefully. If your town or city has a receiving center or recycling facility for fluorescent light bulbs, collect and drop off your burned out bulbs. Otherwise, go on to step 3.
- Place the energy savings light bulb inside a plastic bag and tie it firmly shut. Dispose of your burned out energy saving light bulbs with your regular trash.
Disposing of Broken Energy Saving Light Bulbs
- Sweep up all the shards of a broken bulb together and place them in a tightly closed plastic bag. Double bag the broken pieces by tying another plastic bag around the first.
- Launder your clothing if glass shards touch your clothing or other fabrics. Use a damp paper towel to wipe your shoes down and pick up any fragments that might be left behind.
- Air out the room for at least fifteen minutes and don't allow children or pets to come in.
- Dispose of the broken energy saving light bulb at a recycling facility or in your trash.
Things You Will Need
- Internet connection
- Burned out light bulbs
- Plastic bags
- Energy saving light bulbs that have an energy star rating should last a minimum of two years. Bring light bulbs that burn out sooner back to the store where you bought them for a refund.