Friday, May 30, 2008

Mercury in CFLs Is Problem to Recycle

To tell the truth, I have been using compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) for about 5 years and I have never thought about the problem of throwing them away. I do not know why because I knew NOT to throw away the old-school fluorescent bulbs. Do not put CFLs in the trash as they contain mercury and if they are broken in a landfill, may leak mercury into groundwater.

Below is an article that explains the problems and gives some resources for dealing with CFLs. Recycling options lag the compact fluorescent push

I was surprised there were not more options; so, I found a few more. If you know of any, please share in the comments.

  • Search for recycle CFL on search engine to explore options in your area of the world.
  • Veolia Environmental Services sells RecyclePaks so that you may recycle CFLs through the mail.
  • Ace Hardware stores in Colorado and Illinois are drop off points for CFLs.
  • Bring your used CFLs to an IKEA store for free disposal.
  • Visit the EPA page on bulb disposal for information on recycling centers.
  • allows you to search by zip code for recycling centers.
  • Some larger towns have hazardous materials drop off centers.
  • Small towns may have a hazardous materials collection day.
Your Best Option is to Take Action

The next time you are making a purchase of CFLs, ask the management of the store where you buy them what you should do with them when they are used. I am going to call the local Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, Lowe's and Home Depot and ask them if they have a recycling program. Call your council person, parish representative, county commissioner, representative or other elected official and ask what they are doing to help with the recycling of these items.


diy help said...

Wow, I've seriously never thought tht things tht I use everyday is giving such a problem in recycling. thnx for the advice, will do as much as I can to prevent polution.

Marc Klein said...

Thanks for this really useful information. I didn't knew that and always throw those CFL in the trash. Now I will take care of that. Thanks again for sharing this fact.


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