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Light Bulb Recycling

You can drop off your light bulbs for recycling at Solana Center.

Why should I recycle light bulbs?

California state law currently prohibits the disposal of light bulbs that contain mercury, such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in the normal trash can. As such, they must disposed of differently. Special care must be taken with broken ones, as the fragments are toxic if ingested or inhaled.

Are there any light bulbs that can be thrown out?

Legally, only incandescent bulbs can be put in the trash. However, as they contain lead, they are potentially hazardous.

How do I recycle them?

Many bulbs can be recycled, but they need to be dealt with specially. You can’t put bulbs in your normal recycling because they are both metal and glass, and because most of them contain toxic substances, such as lead or mercury. To recycle them, you must arrange to drop them off at a special disposal center. Before taking the bulbs to the recycling center, make sure to package them in a sealed plastic bag.

What do they do with the bulbs at the recycling center?

The materials are shredded in a sealed environment, sorted, and then prepared for reuse.