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Posted on: July 15, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Ads “Bulb Eater” To Help Recycle Fluorescent Tube Light Bulbs

Montrose, CO — The City of Montrose’s Public Works Department is pleased to announce it has acquired a new capability of recycling fluorescent tube light bulbs and is preparing for a public demonstration of this new process set for Saturday, July 30. 

Earlier this year, Public Works purchased a new piece of equipment called a “Bulb Eater,” which has the capability to recycle fluorescent tube light bulbs through a crushing method for a much lower cost. 

The city had a fluorescent tube light bulb recycling program it offered to the public for a charge of $4 per bulb. This was due to the cost to ship a box of unbroken bulbs to a recycling center at a cost of $75 per box. 


Public Works staff is preparing for a public demonstration of the Bulb Eater at the Montrose Farmers Market Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Centennial Plaza. 

Moving forward, City of Montrose trash and recycling customers will have this service offered to them free of charge. Non-city trash and recycling customers can bring their spent fluorescent tube light bulbs to Public Works for a recycling fee of $1 per bulb. This small fee will cover the cost of handling and disposing of the crushed recyclable material once the Bulb Eater process is completed. 

Fluorescent tube light bulbs can be brought to the city’s Public Works facility located at 1221 64.50 road. 

For more information about the city’s trash and recycling program click here.

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