Light Bulbs (Halogen) Alternative ways to recycle Hazardous Waste Through the IWMA’s SLO Take Back Program, every retailer that sells Halogen lightbulbs in San Luis Obispo County must take those items back from the public for FREE. To be disposed of through this program, lightbulbs may not be broken. The SLO Take Back Program is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Air Out Room if Bulb Breaks Broken halogen bulbs can release mercury vapor. If one breaks, clear people and pets out of the room, and then air it out for five to ten minutes. To stop the vapor from spreading, also shut off the heat, ventilation and air-conditioning. Alternative Ways to Recycle Batteries Plus Bulbs Recycling Services Batteries Plus Bulbs accepts a wide variety of batteries and light bulbs for recycling, including halogen 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.