Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dear Reuser #1

I've always wanted this blog to be a forum for answering questions from the public. Awhile ago, I got a few questions, but unfortunately got so swamped with work, I've been a bit behind with blog posts. Here's the first of what I hope to be many questions.

Dear Reuser,
I have a dead lightbulb and am wondering if I should throw it away or recycle it?

If the lightbulb is CFL(spiral) it needs to go to household hazardous waste (all flourescents contain a small amount of mercury to work and this can be recovered and used again if taken to the correct place.) If it's just a normal, standard bulb, you can just place this in your normal garbage. The glass that is used in incandescent light bulbs cannot be recycled with container glass-it's a different consistency and composition and can cause structural integrity issues in recycled glass containers. Therefore, it's best to just throw these away (at least for now.)


  1. i'm thrilled about this dear re-user idea. i can't tell you how many times robby and i say to each other: "i don't should ask terra!"

    you are a wealth of knowledge! :)

  2. Noa,

    Actually, funnily enough, that question came from Robby! :D I have another one from him that I just haven't gotten to yet. I love to answer questions. Bring 'em on!


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