Light Bulbs (LED) Alternative ways to recycle Hazardous Waste LED light bulbs should NOT go in the garbage. Instead, they need to be taken back to any store that sells them. In our county, stores that sell them will take them back for free recycling. LED light bulbs can also be taken into one of our HHW facilities and dropped off for free. Never Throw in the Garbage LED light bulbs contain lead and arsenic, which are hazardous to your health and the environment. Never throw them away. Store them in a sealed container, and dispose of them as hazardous waste. Alternative Ways to Recycle Batteries Plus Bulbs Recycling Services Batteries Plus Bulbs accepts a wide variety of batteries and light bulbs for recycling, including LED 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.