Recycle Your Halogen Lamps

With the current focus on recycling, it’s discouraging to sometimes run across items that just can’t be repurposed.  Halogen lamps are not recyclable in any way for a number of reasons.  The first, of course, is the halogen gas used.  Not even the glass can be reused, however, because of the many tiny pieces of wire than are also used in these bulbs.  There does sometimes come a time when we must simply deal with our light bulbs the old fashioned way and throw them in the trash.  Before you get too discouraged, there are a few things you should note about halogen bulbs.

Proper Disposal Is Key

When you’re throwing away your halogen lamps, it’s very important that you wrap the bulbs in newspaper or other materials that will cut down on breakage.  Not only is that better for you, but it’s thoughtful for those who will collect your garbage.  If you happen to still have the boxes in which the bulbs came, you can even pack them back into the boxes before you dispose of them.  The longer they stay in one piece, the less likely they will be to cause injury to anyone.

Seek out Special Programs

Of course, if you’re really determined to dispose of your bulbs in a way that’s helpful for the environment, you can seek out exchange programs.  In California, you can find some collection drives that will reward you with an energy efficient light bulb for every two halogen lamps you bring in.  To find the next collection drive, you can go to the website for Recycle San Diego at http://localhost:8888/rsd.  There you will find all the information you need with a simple search, and that will give you the chance to continue doing great things for our environment and the future of our planet.