Is Ikea the only place that recycles incandescent light bulbs as well?

CFL bulbs need to be recycled properly due to mercury content, and there are many places: Park districts, hardware stores, Ikea, etc. that recycle CFL bulbs. However, I haven't found any place that recycles incandescent bulbs, I searched online and they say, they don't contain any toxic chemicals and can be thrown in trash and not curbside recycling.

However can't the glass be reused to make new bulbs? I am sure they can reuse the glass, and the filament is probably too hard to recycle but the glass could be. I know Ikea recycles incandescent bulbs as well, but why aren't there any other companies that do?

Also LED bulbs, I guess dead LED bulbs can either be returned to manufacturer if it has warranty, or in electronic recycle.

Downunder35m8 months ago

They are considered to be a case for the rubbish tip.
The glass is very thin and a lot of metal is directly fused together with it.
The energy required to recycle them is far higher than the cost of making the same amount of glass, aluminium and copper fresh.
Since they are filled with inert gas there are no issues with the disposal either.

ADRIANT28 (author)  Downunder35m8 months ago

All my light bulbs I just take it to Ikea to recycle no matter what type since they take all types of household bulbs. I don't know, how expensive is it really to recycle the glass in the light bulbs?

I guess it would be difficult to clean the coating off, however uncoated bulbs should be fairly easy to recycle.

Downunder35m8 months ago

LED's I tried a few times to actually get the warranty to take hold.
So far no luck though.
Despite providing the original purchase receipt I never got my money or a replacement.
Common excuse is that they can't tell if it is the lamp I bought with that receipt or one that is a few years older.
Going above retail level only Osram and Phillips both offered warranty return forms and exchanged the broken bulbs.
Downside is that I had to pay the postage and with that (registered with signature required) the saving was only a few cents if you take current prices.

But I noticed while dismatling them that:
a) I never had failed LED's.
b) I never had a failed electrolytic capacitor.
c) I always had the little IC failing - the one that controls it all.
If you are half decent with a soldering iron and only have the same type of LED lamps the replacement IC off Ebay is only a few cents if you take more than 5.

ADRIANT28 (author)  Downunder35m8 months ago

Previously I bought 3 consecutively of the same LED bulb from Home Depot and I returned all of them. The first time, the dome broke off. The second time, I used it in my ceiling fan and it must have been too shaky so it eventually failed. When I removed it I noticed the dome melted. Like the plastic was contorted. Then I returned it and bought it again and this time it failed in an hour. I stopped buying this one because it keeps failing. It was this bulb and DO NOT BUY IT

Later I bought some retrofit LED bulbs from Costco and they are pretty good. However they don't fit into the light in the downstairs bedroom because the builders used really cheap recessed lights that only work with their trims and doesn't work with any other trim, so the retrofit doesn't fit. Anyways, I used them in all the other lights that I payed contractors to install and those are great. However I have one that failed and it is at a high ceiling. I don't have a ladder high enough so I can't get it, and it failed a year ago and lasted for only a month. I really don't know how to get it down.

Also can't bad LED bulbs that can't be returned and/or no warranty be disposed in electronic recycle? Sure they can go in the trash, but isn't the inside full of electronics (Compared to other types of bulbs that are simply glass, gas, and filament; or CFL bulbs that contain mercury and the electronic waste company probably won't take CFL bulbs)?