How to dispose of used light bulbs depends on the type of light bulb you are using. The disposal methods for varying types of bulb are as follows:
GLS light bulbs and halogen energy-saving bulbs
Standard, or incandescent light bulbs and halogen energy-saving bulbs cannot be recycled like normal glass because their fine wires are extremely difficult and prohibitively expensive to remove during processing. These bulbs should, therefore, be disposed of in your normal household waste. Wrapping them in a bit of newspaper before putting them into the bin will prevent accidental injuries by broken glass.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs and fluorescent tubes
Energy-saving CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of mercury. Although they are safe for users and there is no law against putting them into your wheelie bin, they should be collected separately so the valuable glass and metal can be recycled. You can find a recycling point near you here.
LED (GU10) spotlight bulbs
Virtually maintenance free, retrofit LED lamps to have an exceptionally long lifespan. If the need to dispose of them arises, they should be disposed of in accordance with the disposal instructions applicable to the equipment they are incorporated in. Individual LEDs may be disposed of with your normal household waste.
Before you dispose of used light bulbs
Before you can dispose of used light bulbs, it is imperative to protect yourself against accidental injuries while changing a bulb. You can do this by following a few simple safety rules as detailed here.
When a light bulb blows, there is a risk of the light fitting also being affected. If this is the case, have the fitting repaired or replaced by a qualified electrician to prevent personal injuries.
When things go wrong
If you were injured while changing a light bulb, by a broken fitting or because someone else did not dispose of used light bulbs correctly, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. We, Accident Advice Helpline, have the necessary skills and experience to help you get your compensation quickly.
You can get free compensation advice and request the assistance of our in-house legal team by calling our no-obligation freephone helpline today. To call from a UK landline, dial 0800 689 0500. For a call from a mobile, dial 0333 500 0993. Both lines are open 24/7 and any information you are asked to provide will be kept confidential.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice