Are LED lights electronic waste?
LED’s need to be kept separate from other bulb styles because they are so different from traditional glass bulbs. They are treated more like electronic waste than bulbs. They are also heavier than fluorescent lighting and other bulb styles because most of the light consists of the metal housing.
Why are LED bulbs hazardous waste?
While LED lamps don’t contain mercury like fluorescent lamps do, they are manufactured with circuit boards containing toxic lead solder. LEDs may also contain metals that the EPA considered hazardous like cadmium, nickel, and silver.
Is it OK to throw away LED light bulbs?
Is it against the law to throw away LED light bulbs? In the United States, it is not against the law to dispose of LEDs in the landfill. They are not considered hazardous waste and can technically be disposed of with your trash.
What are the waste by products of LED lights?
While LED lamps are indeed much safer from a chemicals perspective, they do contain circuitboard components and other materials that the US EPA designates as Universal Waste, due to the high concentration of metals such as copper.
How do I dispose of LED light bulbs in NYC?
Drop-off CFLs at Home Depot, Ikea, Lowe’s, or another participating retailer for recycling. For more information about participating retailers, visit nyc.gov/takeback. Bring fluorescent tubes and CFLs to any DSNY Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site or an upcoming SAFE Disposal Event.
How long do LED bulbs last?
Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb will last more than 11 years.