A Look at How to Safely Handle Spent CFLs
We all know it makes environmental sense to switch your standard light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. In fact, in past years we have given away CFLs at our showroom as part of our Earth Day events. But what do you do with your CFLs once they do finally dim?
“CFLs contain up to 5 milligrams of mercury, which is quite a small amount; compare that to older home thermostats and mercury fever thermometers, which contain from 500 to 3,000 milligrams. But given that nearly 300 million CFLs were sold in the U.S. in 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal, it can still be a concern. In several states tossing CFLs in the trash is even illegal”
Web site The Daily Green has some great advice for what to do with your spent CFLs. You should take them to your community’s hazardous waste collection site, or if that’s not an option you can recycle them through a program like Sylvania’s RECYCLEPAK program.
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