Lights Out: Some Bulbs Okay for Trash, Others Not

Dec. 8, 2006 — Folks who've replaced their incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents can put the incandescent light bulbs in their household garbage, Stella Saunders of the V.I. Waste Management Authority said Friday.
The same goes for dead mixers, blenders, flashlight batteries and the like.
However, save up your old computers, televisions and other electronic waste for the Waste Management Authority's next electronic-waste-collection day in early February. The list of items to be accepted includes televisions, computers, central processing units, monitors, mice, keyboards, power strips, copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, hand-held radios and walkie-talkie devices.
Old fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs are another matter. Residents and businesses must have a private hauler take them away, Saunders said.
"It can't go in the garbage and it can't go to the landfill," she said.
Since the agency has not yet stationed monitors at dumpsters, residents are on their honor not to put fluorescent light bulbs in them, Saunders said.
One resident scoffed at the idea residents would hire someone to dispose of their fluorescent lightbulbs.
"Nobody is coming around to pick up one little lightbulb," said the resident, who requested anonymity.
Saunders referred questions about haulers able to accept fluorescent light bulbs to the Planning and Natural Resources Department. The department has a list of approved haulers, she said.
However, Planning Spokesman Jamal Nielsen said no such list exists.
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