18 Common Items You Should Never Put in the Recycling Bin

2. Light bulbs

Antique Light Bulbs

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They may be made of glass, but that doesn’t mean you can toss them in the recycling bin.

CFL light bulbs contain toxic chemicals, so you shouldn’t be throwing them in the trash, either. Some states even made it illegal. No matter what kind of light bulbs you’re getting rid of, you’ll need to find a special drop-off location to safely dispose of them.

Next: You’ll need to do this prep work before recycling.

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