Of course, you can always try to reuse your light bulbs. If they’re not broken, you can make an ornament or any number of DIY crafts with a light bulb. Browse online for ideas like thisminiature vase.
- In some states, like California, it’s illegal to throw CFLs into the trash or the recycling bin. Try checking with your local garbage and recycling center to see if they have a CFL disposal service. If they don’t, suggest that they get one!
- Your city or town may have a drop off location for CFLs, so give your town or city hall a call, too.
- Some large retailers — like Home Depot and IKEA — offer CFL recycling services for bulbs purchased through them.
- If none of these options are available to you, visit Earth911.com or RecycleABulb.com to find other ways to safely dispose of a CFL bulb.
Light bulb tips:</p>
- Make sure the bulbs in your house will last as long as possible — turn off lights in any room that’s not being used. It sounds simple, but the amount of energy (and money) it will save is pretty remarkable.
- Reduce the use of wasteful incandescent bulbs in your household. Wait until they’re burnt out, and replace them with CFL or LED bulbs.
- If you’re taking CFL bulbs to a recycling center, shipping them to a recycling facility, or leaving them for a service to recycle, make sure that you wrap each bulb up carefully in bubble wrap or newspaper. You don’t want the bulbs to break midway through the trip and leak mercury.