Free LED Lightbulbs Available at Two Events

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Michelle Phillips

MIDDLETON–Residents in the City of Middleton will be able to exchange their old incandescent and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for new LED bulbs at two separate events on April 23 and April 28. The events are sponsored by the Middleton Sustainability Committee.

The first event is at the Middleton Recycling Center at the corner of Parmenter Street and Schneider Road from 3-5 p.m. You may bring up to five lightbulbs to exchange per family. 

Paper shredding will also be free at this event and you may bring up to three bags of paper items. No hanging files, three ring binders or credit/debit cards will be accepted. 

Daphne Wu, the student representative on the sustainability committee planned the second event which will be held at Kromrey Middle School and is solely a lightbulb exchange. It will be held from 4-6 p.m. “I decided, ‘why don’t we hold one at Kromrey?’” Wu recalled.

She added that although the event at Kromrey is about sustainability, it is also about equity. “A lot of people can’t afford LED lightbulbs. They are often criticized for not being more green.” 

Wu said that the committee had extra money to purchase a large quantity of LED bulbs, and she feels the events are a positive step in helping the city achieve its goal of reducing energy use. The city will recycle the bulbs at no charge to residents.

Members of the Middleton High School Green Team, of which Wu is a founder, will volunteer at both events, which will be completely contactless. Just leave your paper and/or lightbulbs in the trunk of your car and someone will remove them and replace them with the LED bulbs. The green team will also be directing traffic at the two sites.

Wu said the sustainability committee has up to 2,000 bulbs to give away between the two events.

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