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Reader Heidi asked on our Facebook Wall where she can recycle light bulbs.
Good question! But first, we need to determine what type of light bulb you have.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) are better for the environment and you should be using them anyway. Since Heidi’s an active GPB reader, we’ll assume she uses them for now.
According to the EPA, On average, CFLs contain about four milligrams of mercury. Yet mercury can affect brains & nervous systems. Therefore, it’s best to take the effort to recycle them over tossing them in the trash. Try taking your CFLs to the following places in Philadelphia:
- Philadelphia HazWaste Events take Fluorescent Light Tubes (transport in original box if possible) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). The next drop off is Saturday, June 16th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Philadelphia Street Department’s Northwest Transfer Station on Domino Lane & Umbria Street.
- Home Depot (2200 Oregon Ave, 2539 Castor Ave)
- Lowe’s (2106 S Columbus Blvd)
- Ikea (2206 S Columbus Blvd)
For the Single Use Variety, Home Depot should accept them. Just call ahead to the particular store. (I believe South Street Whole Foods takes both varieties as well.)
Or if you’re creative, you could make compact light bulbs mini-flower vases or salt & pepper shakers like Junk Mail Gems suggests.