Light Bulb Recycling Resources in Beatrice NE

While most companies represent a much better alternative than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 or 15 times longer than regular “Edison” bulbs, the cleanup process after a bulb break can be dangerous and complicated. Read on.

Tri County Recycling Inc
(402) 223-3325
2400 Elk St
Beatrice, NE
 
Guaranteed Recycling Xperts
(866) 479-4920
4330 South 102nd Street
Omaha, NE

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Transfer Station & Recycling
(308) 345-7049
1501 Old Hwy Rd 6-34
Mc Cook, NE
 
Executive Recycling
(402) 494-2410
217 W 26th St
South Sioux City, NE
 
Metech Recycling
(866) 479-4920
4330 S 102nd St
Omaha, NE
 
Junkman's Recycling
(308) 236-8996
100 East 8th Street
Kearney , NE

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Kramers Auto Parts & Iron Company
(308) 384-1116
3405 N Us-281
Grand Island, NE
 
York Recycling Ctr
(402) 362-4474
1214 Rd 15
York, NE
 
Sadoff Iron & Metal Co
(877) 471-0470
5510 NW 39TH St
Lincoln, NE
 
Mid-America Recycling Co
(402) 476-3748
440 J St
Lincoln, NE
 
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Swapping Out Bulbs: Recycling, Cleanup and LED Options


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Posted on Monday 19th October 2009

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These days more and more homes and businesses are being lit by mercury-containing compact fluorescent lights (CFL). While they represent a much better alternative than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 or 15 times longer than regular “Edison” bulbs, the cleanup process after a bulb break can be dangerous and complicated. These CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is harmful to people and the environment if they are not properly disposed.

Recycle Bulbs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages users of the bulbs to recycle them so that the materials, such as glass and metals can be reused, but also to keep mercury from contaminating the environment. The proper disposal of these bulbs can be a bit problematic so most municipalities have their own regulations concerning recycling of bulbs . Recycling locations can also be found at Earth911.com .

Cleanup If Bulb Breaks

Mercury emits toxic vapors that have serious health effects. To minimize exposure to mercury after a breakage, the EPA recommends clearing the room of any people and pets and let the room air out for at least fifteen minutes. To safely pick up the material, one should scoop-up the material with stiff paper or cardboard and then seal the broken pieces in a plastic bag or a canning jar. Then, the remaining fragments should be picked up using duct tape and placed in bags along with damp paper towels that should be used to clean the area of the breakage.

If the bulb breaks over a carpeted area, one should proceed the same way by picking up the broken pieces with tape and if vacuuming is necessary, carefully remove the vacuum bag and place that in along with the other materials in a plastic bag. Any clothing or bedding that came into contact with the physical contents of the broken CFL should be thrown away because it could contaminate the washing machine or water supply.

As worldwide energy sources are increasingly taxed by the day, the usage of CFLs is certainly a step in the right direction, bu...

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