Light bulbs are filled with toxins and as more people are switching to LED’s or CFL’s many of those old lightbulbs are landing up in landfills, leaking toxic waste into our drinking water. Today more and more people are recycling light bulbs, but still many people still put in the trash, like my neighbor last week!
I Just Gotta Tell Ya
- According to fastcompany.com: “… U.S. consumers spent about $1 billion to buy about 2 billion lightbulbs–5.5 million every day.”
- According to wsj.com: “The U.S., which has four billion electric lights using [incandescent] bulbs, represents about a third of the world market.”
- If every American household changed a single light bulb to an Energy Star bulb, it would provide enough power to light more than 2.5 million homes, while saving consumers money.
Facts About Mercury in Fluorescent Lightbulbs
- 1 teaspoon –One teaspoon of mercury can contaminate a 20 acre lake forever
- Each year, an estimated 600 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of in US landfills amounting to 30,000 pounds of mercury waste.
The best thing you can do with Light bulbs
- Use less.-Turning off lights, making them last longer keeps our landfills cleaner.
- Use EnergyStar Lightbulbs and still use less
- Recycle- go to Earth011.com for the closest recycling center
- Reuse lightbulbs into other things
Ways to Reuse and Recycle Lightbulbs
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