Modern LED light bulbs are designed to last for decades without burning out. But what happens when they finally do burn out? What should you do with a light bulb once you’re done with it? The answer isn’t to simply throw it away in the trash. Whether their halogen, incandescent, or LEDs, light bulbs are completely recyclable. Throwing them in the trash only serves to create more waste in landfills. If you’re unsure about what to do with used light bulbs, then keep reading to learn why light bulb and lamp recycling is the best option.
Light bulbs are made of many different materials including metal (mostly aluminium), glass, wire filament, bromine, and iodine. All of these materials are fully recyclable and there’s no reason for them to end up in a local landfill where they can taint soil deposits or harm local wildlife.
Government-operated household hazardous waste collection sites and events are the best place to take your used light bulbs or lamps. For a small fee, they’ll take your used florescent tubes, HID lamps, and CFLs off your hands to ensure that they’re safely recycled and repurposed to make other products or for different applications.
Professional lighting solution providers in the GTA recommend recycling light bulbs for a number of reasons. Here are just some of the many benefits of recycling light bulbs and LED lighting fixtures in the GTA.
Traditional halogen and incandescent light bulbs contain varying amounts of mercury vapour, which is hazardous to human health when inhaled. Mercury poisoning can make you extremely sick and cause your central nervous system to shut down. Hazardous waste collection and recycling facilities have the tools, resources, and processing facilities to safely handle light bulbs containing mercury and elements that are harmful to human health and the environment.
Recycling old lamps and light bulbs also reduces the amount of hazardous waste that ends up in local landfills, waterways, streams, and natural environments. Recycling light bulbs and lamps also reduces the risk of soil contamination, which is better for the local environment.
Switching to energy-efficient lighting in the GTA such as LED lighting solutions can help you save a lot of money on your monthly energy bills. LED commercial and industrial lighting solutions in Toronto consume about 90% less energy than traditional halogen lights and they don’t produce any heat, which also reduces the risk of combustion and liability.
Lastly, recycling lamps and old light bulbs promotes the conservation and protection of non-renewable natural resources. Companies that are looking to minimize their carbon footprints should consider switching to industrial or commercial LED lighting solutions in Toronto.
Named after the English scientist who discovered electromagnetic induction, electrolysis, and diamagnetism, Faraday Lighting is proud to be one of the leading lighting solution providers in the GTA. Our highly skilled and experienced technicians perform in-depth lighting audits to recommend high-quality industrial and commercial lighting solutions for our clients. Contact us today to learn more about lamp recycling in Toronto or to book an appointment.