Light Bulb Recycling Resources in Willmar MN

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.

Kandiyohi County Recycling
(320) 231-3487
1400 22nd St SW
Willmar, MN
 
S W Recycling Inc
(320) 235-9323
3701 Highway 12 W
Willmar, MN
 
Superior Special Services
(800) 831-2852
401 West 86th Street
Minneapolis , MN

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Waste Management - Spring Valley
(800) 657-3227
407 Valley Avenue
Spring Valley , MN

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Hove Metals
(651) 388-5944
3950 Pepin Ave
Red Wing , MN

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Phillip'S Recycling
400 County Road 5 SW
Willmar, MN
 
Waste Management - Clarks Grove
(800) 222-6214
25237 755th Ave.
Clarks Grove , MN

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Todd County Transfer Station
(320) 594-2210
Highway 71 South
Browerville , MN

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Jack's Family Recycling Center
(320) 762-5040
3511 Hazel Hill Rd SE
Alexandria , MN

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Wilkin County Recycling Facility
(218) 643-5815
Highway 75 and 7th Street South
Breckenridge , MN

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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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