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Where to take your CFLs

Good news on the environment front! The Home Depot will now accept unbroken
consumer compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) at all locations. The service
is free and the first such offering made so widely available in this country,
according to the retail chain.

Customers can simply hand over any expired, unbroken CFLs to the clerk behind
the returns desk. The bulbs will go to an environmental management company
responsible for coordinating CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to
maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance.

According to the EPA’s Energy Star Program, if every American swapped one
incandescent bulb for a CFL, it would save enough energy to light more than
3 million homes for a year, save more than $600 million in annual energy
costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 800,000
cars.

CFLs contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic substance. But according to
the chief health officer at Environmental Defense, a conservation advocacy
group, the amount of mercury in a CFL is very small, only 4 to 5 milligrams.
This is almost 1,000 times less than what is in mercury thermometers.

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  1. kim Says:

    This is good news, thanks for the post! Since I consider most corporations the evil guys, it’s always good to hear about them doing good things!

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  2. Dave Says:

    I hope you don’t mind but I wrote an article on your article about fluorescent disposal. I placed a link in my article with thanks to Linda for writing it. Thanks, Dave

    Daves last blog post..Follow up to "I Have Seen the Light,and it is Good!" story.

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Kim … I agree and them corporate guys are usually up to no good. However, I have to give Home Depot their props.

    Hi Dave … I have no problem at all on how you did your post. Thank you for giving me the credit! 🙂

  4. Tomato Lady Says:

    That’s good news! Every little bit helps.

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  5. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for sharing where we can take our CFLs. Luckily we have a Home Depot in our area.

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  6. Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    Cool. I’ve been looking for a recycling center for our CFLs.

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  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Tomato Lady … you betcha

    Hi Barbara … I think everyone might have one nearby. Mine is about 26 miles away! LOL

    Hi Susan … Glad we could help!

  9. Mike@EasyGreensy Says:

    It’s too bad they just recently closed our HD. Well I guess it’s not that bad, but I won’t go there.

    Most other hardware stores will also take CFLs. Don’t be afraid to ask as I’ve often seen the boxes kept behind or under a counter. This also holds true for batteries at electronics stores.

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  10. Judy Woodbury Says:

    GO HOME DEPOT! Thanks for the tip, Linda. See you soon!

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Mike … Thanks for the tip! I did not know that other hardware stores did the same.

    Hi Judy … you are welcome!

  12. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for the tip. I have a Home Depot near by.
    I did an article on this topic back in April, but back then they were in the process of looking for stores to take them. I heard Walmart takes them too, but I’m not positive!

  13. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Thanks for the extra place to take cfls.

  14. Robert Boivin Says:

    Hi Linda
    I live in Quebec and RONA also offers a free recycling program. I am concerned about disposal of these bulbs, I work in HAZMAT disposal and consel many people on proper disposal procedures for all kind of products. What conserns me about these CFL’s is the way they are advertised, I wish stores selling them would have to indicate they are hazardous waste and were to dispose of them. They always mention the ecological factor in reducing energy costs but if everyone in Canada, the US and the world changed to CFL’s and only a small percentage didn’t dispose of them properly what would the ecological impact?
    We need to get the message out that these bulbs have to be disposed of as HAZARDOUS waste and the only way I see that being done is in advertisement praysing the benefits of CFL’s

    Here is a good article and some links to bulb clean-up
    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cfl.asp

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