TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - The City of Texarkana has the solution on what to do with old fluorescent lights. It's called a Bulb Eater and it's now available since the city officially launched a recycling program designed to safely dispose of the fluorescent lights.
Recycling Coordinator Brandy Lewis says that disposing of the lights are illegal in some areas and will eventually become that way everywhere. The lights are dangerous because of the vaporized mercury inside them. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), mercury could cause physical problems.
"A lot of people don't realize they have vaporized mercury in them so they are actually classified as hazardous materials so you are actually not supposed to throw them away and put them in the landfill" says Lewis.
Lewis said that for now, there will be a charge from 15 cents to $1 per bulb. The recycling center is located at 2601 Dudley Street and is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday is the only day people can drop off the fluorescent bulbs.