In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), we’re thinking a lot about how to recycle and upcycle common household items once they’ve outlived their original purpose. Today, let’s take a look at some creative ideas for old light bulbs and where you can recycle light bulbs if you don’t have time to be crafty.
No matter what kind of light bulbs you use, they should always be recycled rather than tossed, as they often contain traces of mercury. Although one tiny light bulb may not seem like such a big deal, collectively the mercury from the thousands of light bulbs thrown away each year can cause big problems for the environment!
That’s where LampRecycle comes in. Check out their website for information about recycling light bulbs (both personal and commercial), including information about local recycling laws and recycling centers near you that accept light bulbs.
You can also find light bulb collection bins at most IKEA, Home Depot, and Lowe’s locations. These recycling centers often take a variety of light bulb types, from small lamp bulbs to large fluorescent tubes, but check with your nearest location to verify before hauling in your light bulbs. Each store has different recycling policies.
Of course there are tons of neat ideas for repurposing your old light bulbs too like the ones seen above from Upcycle Magazine and Art Drops. There are a lot of great creative ideas on the Trashy Wench blog, so if these photo’s have inspired you check out her page for more inspiration.