The Green Lights Initiative stems from LEDtronics’ commitment to help the environment and leave a better planet for generations to come. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness to the need to recycle lighting and how to properly do so—something that many people don‘t consider. Recycling lights is not quite as simple as just tossing it in the recycling bin, but anyone can do it! The initiative will not only guide you on how to properly recycle lights, but also show you the importance of doing so.
The success of this initiative grows with how much awareness is spread! To show your support, you can help by signing our petition at Change.org and sharing it with all your friends and family. If we can reach 3,000 signatures, LEDtronics will donate $2,500 to the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful on America Recycles Day, November 15!
Help us make a difference! Encourage everyone to Be bright—recycle lights!
Millions and millions of lightbulbs end up in the landfill each year, including fluorescent lights, which contain small amounts of mercury.
LEDtronics, Torrance, California, has launched a 60-day initiative to...> Read more
The initiative is aimed to educate the public about recycling lighting. Every week, we will have new things for you such as videos, educational content, articles, and more. At the center of our initiative is a petition at Change.org. At the end of the initiative, LEDtronics will be donating to the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful (KAP) to support their cause.
Make certain you take all the necessary steps to recycle safely and with caution. Lighting should not be included with standard recyclables (paper, plastics, etc.). We recommend consulting a recycling center about the proper steps before recycling.
LED lights do not contain any toxic chemicals. While they are safe to dispose of in trash bins, the best thing for the environment is to recycle them! Locate a recycling center near you, and give them a call to see if they accept LED lights. Because they are harmless to the environment, they may be categorized as universal waste or electronic waste (e-waste).
CFLs and fluorescents
As you may know, CFLs and fluorescents contain mercury, which is a toxic chemical that is harmful to your health and the environment. That’s why it’s so important not to simply toss them in trash. The mercury content of these bulbs warrants them dangerous, and it is sometimes illegal to throw them in the trash. CFLs and fluorescents require more stringent, rigorous steps to recycle. Locate and contact a local home improvement store or hazardous waste/mercury collection center.
Incandescent and halogen
Incandescent and halogen lights typically contain no toxic chemicals, and so recycling them is much less of a hassle than CFLs and fluorescents. Locate a recycling center near you that accepts these bulbs. The glass in incandescent and halogen shatters easily, so it’s best to wrap them in recyclable packaging materials before handing them over to the recycling center.
You can visit either of the websites below and enter your location to find the nearest recycling center:
At the center of our initiative is our petition at Change.org. The more people that sign the petition, the more awareness we have spread. That is the ultimate goal of this initiative. If we can reach 3,000 signatures, LEDtronics will donate $2,500 to the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful on America Recycles Day, November 15.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation's community improvement nonprofit organization, aimed at improving and beautifying the environment through a variety of national programs and initiatives with their more than 600 community-based affiliates and partner organizations. They actively campaign to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America's community.
Once we have accumulated enough LED lighting (as well as electronic) waste, we arrange for a local company to come pick up what we have gathered and recycle it at their facility.
Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to accept recycling drop-offs at LEDtronics.
The initiative will run for 60 days, launching on August 20.