Did you know that almost 90% of the material in lights bulbs is recyclable? In addition, because they contain small amounts of harmful materials such as mercury, it’s really important to recycle lights bulbs responsibly.
So How Are Light Bulbs Recycled?
- Regional Recycling collects and safely recycles light bulbs and other lighting equipment like lamps and fixtures.
- They are sent to a recycling plant where they are sorted by type, crushed and sent for reprocessing.
- Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) use about a quarter of the energy of a regular incandescent bulb.
- They contain a small amount of harmful materials such as mercury so it’s important to recycle them responsibly.
- The mercury in each light bulb can be reclaimed and used to make new light bulbs or used in medical imaging equipment.
- Metal is separated, melted down and reused in the manufacturing process.
- Glass is crushed and reused in sandblasting material.
- Bring your light bulbs to Regional Recycling to be safely recycled.