How To Recycle Light Bulbs?

You may know light bulbs have a fascinating 200-year history and affect a lot in life.

Nowadays, most people cannot live well without light bulbs. That’s why we see light bulbs appear everywhere in the world. As a result, more and more light bulbs have been produced every day in the global.

But have you heard about light pollution? And do you know what happened if we handle light bulbs in the wrong ways? Let me answer you.

You may know light bulbs have a fascinating 200-year history and affect a lot in life.

Nowadays, most people cannot live well without light bulbs. That’s why we see light bulbs appear everywhere in the world. As a result, more and more light bulbs have been produced every day in the global.

What happens if disposing of light bulbs in the wrong ways?

Light pollution means when a fluorescent or LED light bulb is cracked or broken, it will release the mercury and phosphorus powder. That’s dangerous to the environment and affects human health.

Also when you throw light bulbs away, they will cause air and water pollution.

If phosphorus powder contacts directly with human skin, it will cause phosphorus burns. Then, these people don’t clean properly, will become infected and cause necrosis.

Besides, if you inhale the mercury, it will be quickly absorbed through the alveolar membrane into the blood, the kidney, the liver, and the central nervous system.

It sounds so bad, right? So have you ever thought of what to do with used light bulbs or where to recycle them?

You don’t have to worry now, as I will give you some tips on how to recycle light bulbs rightly.

How to recycle light bulbs

For fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs bulbs, and LED bulbs

For these light bulbs, you should remove them from the lamp carefully and put them in a plastic zipper bag to prevent the mercury in case that the light bulbs are cracked or broken.

Or you can access the website Earth911.com and enter CFL and your zip code to know recycling options in where you live.

Then, every country will have the headquarters to collect used light bulbs. Therefore, you just need to contact them. Here are some websites for you.

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1. Where to recycle light bulbs in the US

Let’s contact with the website: https://www.epa.gov/

2. Where to recycle light bulbs in the UK

You can contact with the website: https://www.thelightbulb.co.uk/ or call on +44(01869)362222

3. Where to recycle light bulbs in Europe

Let’s contact with the website: https://ec.europa.eu/

4. Where to recycle light bulbs in Australia

Let’s access the website: https://ecocycle.com.au/ or just call on 1300 32 62 92

For CDs light bulbs

Normally broken CDs light bulbs are often disposed of in normal household waste, as they are not harmful to humans, animals, and the environment as well.

So if you want to change the old CDs light bulbs into the new bulbs, there are many tips to recycle your old or burnt out light bulbs in your house.

Besides, you also save more money by recycling these light bulbs.

Let’s follow me to find out a favorite tip for you to recycle them.

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Spice container

As CDs light bulbs can be reused, you should clean and disinfect the old light bulbs carefully. Then, you use them like handy spice containers in the kitchen. These handmade products will make the kitchen neater and more creative.

Spice-container

Flower vase

Let’s use an old light bulb to make a handmade flower vase. You can use the original one as a vase. But if you like to make a creative flower vase, you can use a marker pen to decorate the light bulb by your favorite style.

After that, you just pour water into the handmade vase and put any flower you like in it.

flower-vase

Snowman ornament

Is it the winter in your country at the moment? If yes, let’s make some snowman ornaments by your old light bulbs as small but impressive gifts.

You can pour the light bulbs with fake white sand. Then, you paste small dry twigs on the light bulbs. After that, you draw the eyes and clothes for a snowman as the photo below.

Snowman-ornament

Candy container

We also can use an old light bulb as a candy container for children.

Final words

Do you know how to recycle all kinds of the light bulb after reading our article?

We hope that you will find something helpful from our article and recycle your light bulbs effectively. If you have any other brilliant ideas, please share it with us in the comments below.

Thank you for reading!

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