Light Bulb Disposal

Florescent Light Bulbs and Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)


Keep Jackson County Beautiful has partnered with the Jackson County Solid Waste Department to recycle tube Florescent Light Bulbs and Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) at two recycling events each year. Five bulbs will be taken from each vehicle for free, $2 each additional bulb.

Benefits of these bulbs: These bulbs are more energy efficient, therefore more eco-friendly.

Hazards and Why They Should be Recycled: They contain mercury. Exposure to mercury can cause developmental problems in unborn children and adults can see side effects that could include muscle weakness, speech and vision impairment, lack of coordination and even death in some cases. Some people don't like them because they find the color of the light unflattering, the bulbs take a long time to light and they have an unusual shape. 

Other Places to Recycle:
Big Box Hardware Stores (Home Depot, Lowes, Ikea). Call before you go to make sure they will accept them.

Incandescent Light Bulbs


There are no programs to recycle incandescent light bulbs. Please do not place them in your recycling bin. The glass in the bulb has a different melting temperature than glass in jars and bottles. A single light bulb an ruin a whole batch of perfectly recyclable glass. 
Just place these bulbs in your trash. To protect your sanitation worker, you might consider wrapping the light bulb in something so any broken glass cannot rip the bag.

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Light Bulbs


There are no recycling opportunities for these bulbs at this time. Just place them in your trash. At the rate they are replacing incandescent and Florescent bulbs, and as many are to last for decades, hopefully by the time they need to be disposed of, these opportunities will be developed.

Benefits: More energy efficient and longer lasting,

Problems: Like CFLs, they are not for everyone. People object to their brightness and the light is directional. They do not work well in table lamps, but they are being improved constantly. The biggest complaint is the cost. They also contain lead and arsenic.

For more information, contact Keep Jackson County Beautiful at (706) 708-7198.