Whether you are looking to dispose of a burnt fluorescent tube or an out of date incandescent bulb, here are a few tips on how to dispose of different kinds of bulbs in the best possible ways.


Something important to point out about CFLs and fluorescent tubes is that one of their main components is mercury, a very toxic gaz. Disposing of them by throwing them away in your regular trash can could be harmful for you and the environment due to the toxic leaks that could occur in landfills, then reaching to ground water and possibly the water you’re drinking. Another thing is that tubes are also very fragile and could cause physical harm by breaking easily.

The good thing about CFLs and fluorescent tubes though, is that they are recyclable! You can either call at your local recycling office to see what their policies are regarding fluorescent bulbs, or call your municipality to learn more on their recycling programs. If you’re in Canada, you can also check out RecyFluo’s website to find a collection site! They accept over 10 fluorescent categories for recycling. Hardware stores like Rona also partake in this kind of recycling program, so you can also check with them.


In most areas, it is recommended to dispose of these bulbs in your regular trash can. But, due to their content in halogen gas, you must make sure to carefully wrap the bulbs (either back in their box or anything to prevent it from breaking). To really avoid the effects that it could have when in reaches the landfill, you should call your local recycling office to check if they accept halogen bulbs.


In many cases, incandescent can be thrown away in your regular trash. Before their disposal though, wrap them in paper to avoid breaking. This will prevent any possible injury [cuts] or tears in the bag.


LEDs are often disposed in the trash after they were burnt out. But, some elements of these bulbs can actually be recyclable. So, depending on the area and the recycling programs offered, you could avoid the trash and have these bulbs recycled.

The advantage with LED is that their lifespan is incredibly high compared to the other types of bulbs, consequently meaning that you will have to change them less often.

By following these simple tips, you can help prevent possible harm to the environment or people. It might be more effort in some cases but, in the long run, it can really help improve the way we manage dangerous waste as well as the cleanliness of the environment.

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