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Where To Recycle Light Bulbs in Philadelphia
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Where To Recycle Light Bulbs in Philadelphia

Reader Heidi asked on our Facebook Wall where she can recycle light bulbs.

Good question! But first, we need to determine what type of light bulb you have.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) are better for the environment and you should be using them anyway. Since Heidi’s an active GPB reader, we’ll assume she uses them for now.

According to the EPA, On average, CFLs contain about four milligrams of mercury. Yet mercury can affect brains & nervous systems. Therefore, it’s best to take the effort to recycle them over tossing them in the trash. Try taking your CFLs to the following places in Philadelphia:

Where to Recycle Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) Light Bulbs in Philadelphia:

Where to Recycle Single Use Light Bulbs in pHiladelphia:

For the Single Use Variety, the Philadelphia Street Department says to put them in the trash.

Or if you’re creative, you could make compact light bulbs mini-flower vases or salt & pepper shakers like Junk Mail Gems suggests.

 

Photo: Beanos

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

3 thoughts on “Where To Recycle Light Bulbs in Philadelphia

  1. Or just use LED’s and not worry about the mercury in the first place.

    Philly hosted last year’s International Light Fair, which included displays of over a hundred LED vendors, and unfortunately got very little coverage locally in the press.

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