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Disposing of Burnt Out Light Bulbs

Place blown-out light bulbs in a baggie before throwing them away. If it is accidentally crushed, the pieces won't tear the garbage bag.

By GrammySheila

Editor's Note: This tip is for traditional incandescent bulbs. Be sure to take CLF or LED bulbs for proper recycling.

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December 21, 20040 found this helpful

If crushed wouldn't the broken glass break the baggie too? Maybe put it into an empty box of some sort, for example, a macaroni & cheese or milk carton instead? I don't worry about it, I just put the light bulb in the middle of the bag of garbage and have never had a problem with it crushing and breaking the garbage bag.

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December 21, 20040 found this helpful

Instead of throwing your old light bulbs out, you can use them to make Christmas ornaments. I've seen some cute ideas for making Santa's and snowmen on some of the different craft sites.

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February 22, 20050 found this helpful

If anyone is interested in about 50 burnt out lightbulbs to use for ornaments, I have some. Thought I would get around to making them but I havent.

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February 27, 20050 found this helpful

What happens to lightbulbs once they reach the landfill?

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July 15, 20050 found this helpful

I don't think that putting broken bulbs in a macaroni and cheese box is a good idea! Mainly because the box itself should be recycled not thrown in the garbage. If anything, I would suggest putting it in a laundry soap box, as they are not recyclable.

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August 25, 20050 found this helpful

Place blown-out light bulbs in a baggie before throwing them away. If it is accidentally crushed, the pieces won't tear the garbage bag.

By GrammySheila (Sheila Saey)

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August 26, 20050 found this helpful

Seems as though putting your no longer useable light bulb in a cereal box OR a brown lunch bag would be better. Seems as though the ziploc bag would also tear if the bulb is broken.

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August 26, 20050 found this helpful

I would be interested in your light bulbs that you have. tff3619446 RE: Disposing of Burnt Out Light Bulbs

Cherie (Guest Post) 2005-02-22

If anyone is interested in about 50 burnt out lightbulbs to use for ornaments, I have some. Thought I would get around to making them but I havent. I have been making snowmen out of them.

Email me please.

thank you

ucmelaffn @ aol . com

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September 26, 20050 found this helpful

I always put them in a plastic container before I dispose of them. For this purpose I keep the empty containers from cleaning wipes, baby wipes, whipped cream tubs etc. near the recycle can in the garage. I also use them for disposing of any broken glass.

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February 7, 20090 found this helpful

I have MANY light bulbs that are still good. I have replaced by lights with CFL's and don't know what to do with all of my bulbs that are good.

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