How to Get Rid of Energy Saving Bulbs

By Camaron Abundes 
NewsWest 9

ODESSA-If you're trying to turn on the savings, an energy saving light bulb can do the trick. It's getting rid of compact fluorescent light bulbs that gets tricky because each bulb contains a trace amount of mercury. The hazardous material makes disposal and cleanup more comprehensive but experts say the light bulbs energy efficiency makes up for the drawbacks.

"We're making great strides, on being able to recycle more items, currently we're not set up to do that," Patti Reakes Collins, director of Keep Odessa Beautiful, on the topic of recycling the bulbs, said.

The TCEQ advises recycling the energy saving light bulbs but allows you to wrap the bulbs in two plastic bags and place in the dumpster, if you can't recycle locally.

Collins recommneds talking with the manufacture if you have more than ten bulbs to discard.

"We do get a lot of them in our stuff, we ask that you don't mix them in with the plastics because people get cut," Janetta Pins, Manager of the Permian Basin Time Machine, said.

If a bulb breaks, the TCEQ recommends you open a window, turn off your heater or air conditioner, and leave the room for at least 15 minutes.