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Light Bulbs (Incandescent)

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

Incandescent light bulbs are not reusable once burnt out.

Incandescent light bulbs are not made out of compostable materials.

Light bulbs of any type, including incandescent light bulbs, should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart.

Light bulbs can contaminate good recyclables causing them to be a risk of not be recycled.

Incandescent light bulbs are especially hard to recycle due to the expensive and tedious nature of the process.

Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places or programs that recycle these items.

Incandescent light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials so they do not need hazardous waste disposal.

HOWEVER, other types of light bulbs, like halogen bulbs or rings, compact fluorescent light bulbs or tubes, LEDs, or floodlights do need to disposed of through household hazardous waste disposal. See the Related Materials below for more details on other types of light bulbs and tubes.

Once your incandescent light bulbs are all used up, they can be landfilled either in your trash bin with general refuse or brought to one of our disposal facilities:

The links above can provide the location address, hours of service, and disposal fees.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.