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Ask the Disposal Experts: Lights

iStock_000060707768_MediumIt’s summertime, which means we aren’t using our lights as much as we sometimes do. With the sun setting so late, we can rely on natural light to illuminate most of our daily activities. But no matter the time of year, your light bulbs can die, and when they do, you need to dispose of them properly. That’s where we come in. Here are some quick tips on light bulbs from the disposal experts:

For your home or office:

  • Almost all residential and commercial lighting can and should be recycled. Many bulbs – including the popular compact fluorescent lights – contain small amounts of mercury.

  • Where to recycle:
    Home Depot stores nationwide – free bulb recycling.
    Wal-Mart and Target stores often take old bulbs, depending on the store.
    In Brownsville: Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer bulb recycling.

For your car:

  • Most cars use halogen bulbs. These bulbs last longer and are brighter than traditional lights, and do not contain the hazardous materials in fluorescent lights.

  • To dispose: first remove the light fixture. Make sure the bulb is cool before you touch it – grab it with a rag just in case.

  • Place the bulb in its original packaging, or the packaging of the new bulb. You can also use newspaper or a magazine to prevent it from shattering when it’s thrown out.

  • Unfortunately, halogen bulbs cannot be recycled, but they also don’t contain hazardous chemicals. Dispose of them with normal trash.

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