Below is an article that explains the problems and gives some resources for dealing with CFLs.
StopGlobalWarming.org: 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.
- Earth911.org 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.
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.