Light Bulb Recycling Resources in La Place LA

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.

St Charles Recycle & Retail
(985) 783-2273
170 Scorpio St
Hahnville, LA
 
St Charles Recycle & Retail
(985) 467-9440
103 River Point Dr
Destrehan, LA
 
Poohbah Group
(504) 324-1741
Kenner, LA
 
Analysis Laboratories Inc
(504) 889-0710
2932 Lime St
Metairie, LA
 
Envirometrics LLC
(504) 888-1708
2817 Harvard Ave
Metairie, LA
 
Best Waste & Recycling
(985) 764-1621
211 Beauregard Ln N
Destrehan, LA
 
Kenner Auto Recyclers
(504) 468-2692
101 W 27TH St
Kenner, LA
 
Southern Recycling
(504) 436-4061
River Rd
Westwego, LA
 
Asbestos Abatement Contractors
(504) 456-0422
4432 Trenton St
Metairie, LA
 
Aac
(504) 456-0422
4432 Trenton St
Metairie, LA
 

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Swapping Out Bulbs: Recycling, Cleanup and LED Options


Rob Fierro - Contributing Writer
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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