Light Bulbs (Incandescent) Alternative ways to recycle Put in Garbage Cart Don't Mix With Glass Recyclables The materials used to make incandescent bulbs are non-toxic, so it’s OK to throw these bulbs in the garbage. Although they are made of glass, don’t recycle them with glass. Wrap Before Disposing Light bulbs are fragile and can break in the garbage. Try wrapping them in newspaper and taping everything in place before disposing of the bulb. Broken glass can injure sanitation workers. Alternative Ways to Recycle Batteries Plus Bulbs Recycling Services Batteries Plus Bulbs accepts a wide variety of batteries and light bulbs for recycling, including incandescent light bulbs. See a full list of items they accept here. Depending on the item, a small fee may apply. Find your closest location. Did You Know? Which Bulbs Are More Energy Efficient Than Incandescent Lamps? LED lights are more energy efficient than incandescent and CFL bulbs: They last 50 times as long as traditional incandescent bulb and use 80 percent less energy. Fluorescent bulbs last three to 25 times longer than incandescents and use anywhere between 20 and 80 percent less energy.