Light Bulb Recycling Resources in Bettendorf IA

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.

City of Walcott Curbside Recycling Program
(563) 284-6571
Walcott, IA

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Allied Waste Services Of Bettendorf
(563) 332-0050
6449 Valley Dr.
Bettendorf, IA
 
Sovereign Recycling Intl
(563) 355-2722
503 NW Bank Tower
Bettendorf, IA
 
Tacey Electric Inc
(309) 788-0495
3720 Blackhawk Rd Ste 2
Rock Island, IL
 
Upper Rock Island Cnty Lndfll
(309) 496-2396
17201 20th Ave N
East Moline, IL
 
Illinois Recycling Asscociation - Sherrard
(309) 593-2415
517 3rd St
Sherrard, IL

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Alter Metal Recycling
(563) 344-5510
2117 State St
Bettendorf, IA
 
E & J Metal Co
(309) 788-6341
200 24th Ave
Rock Island, IL
 
Upper Rock Island Landfill
(309) 496-2396
17201 20th Ave N
East Moline, IL
 
Davenport Recycling Collection
(563) 326-7732
1200 E 46th St
Davenport, IA
 
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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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