Roger Carter Community Center Begins LED Light Bulb Exchange

January 2024

The Roger Carter Community Center (RCCC) is the latest location to offer residents free energy efficient LED light bulbs as part of a Howard County Office of Community Sustainability (OCS) program to promote energy efficiency.

Howard County residents may exchange used incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs for new, energy efficient LED light bulbs at the community center’s front desk. RCCC joins all six Howard County Library System branches now offering the OCS light bulb exchange program. RCCC is located at 3000 Milltowne Drive in Ellicott City.

All types of bulb shapes, except for tube lights, are accepted for exchange. The free LED offered is a standard A19 bulb shape. A maximum of four LED light bulbs may be exchanged for old bulbs while supplies last.

The OCS light bulb exchange began as a pilot program at the East Columbia and Elkridge library branches in February 2023. Since its inception the program has given away more than 3,000 LED light bulbs.

LED, or light-emitting diode, light bulbs have about a 10-year lifespan and are up to 80 percent more efficient than conventional light bulbs.

In addition to the energy savings benefits of LEDs, this program provides a safe means of disposal for CFL light bulbs. Due to the CFL bulbs containing mercury, they cannot be disposed of with household trash. If a CFL bulb breaks, it is recommended to wear gloves, seal the bulb in a heavy-duty plastic bag and clean the surrounding area. The Alpha Ridge Landfill also accepts CFL bulbs on Saturdays from April to November, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.