With technology bringing more and more advancement to electronics, it should be no surprise that this also applies to residential lighting. CFL (compact fluorescent light) was once the go-to in home lighting, but with the introduction of LED bulbs, many homeowners are making the switch.
What is important to remember is that CFL bulbs have mercury, so it is vital to dispose of them the right way in order to protect our environment and yourself. So to help, our electrical construction contractors have provided this guide so you can safely throw out those old CFL bulbs.
They Can Be Recycled
You shouldn’t throw out these bulbs in an everyday trash bin. So as tempting and easy as that option may seem, don’t do it. Instead, there are some organizations and websites that can safely dispose of these CFL bulbs for you. A site you can visit is the United States Environmental Protection Agency, for information about recycling locations and other CFL data.
Your Local Retailer
Many of your local shops and retail locations that sold or still sell CFL bulbs may have a special drop off or recycling service for customers to dispose of their bulbs. Inquire before you go, however, as some locations may not offer these services.
Earth911 is another great site that offers specific information about local drop-off and recycling programs.
Your Municipal Garbage Service
An easy way to figure out the best way to dispose of a CFL bulb is to reach out to your municipal and/or city garbage and recycling service provider. Some cities or providers may have a pickup option similar to your garbage service, while others may instruct you to visit one of their locations or facilities where you can go to safely drop off CFL bulbs.
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