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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.
Editor's Note: This tip is for traditional incandescent bulbs. Be sure to take CLF or LED bulbs for proper recycling.
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.
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.
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.
What happens to lightbulbs once they reach the landfill?