To maximize their environmental benefit it is important that CFLs are recycled and do not end up in the landfill. Many large retailers such as the Home Depot and Ikea have a collection box in their stores. Some municipalities also have programs for disposing household hazardous materials such as paint and batteries and may have a program for mercury containing products depending on your location. If a CFL should break, proper clean-up procedures need to be followed.
Also frequent on and off cycling can reduce the life of CFLs so keep them where their benefits can be maximized – common areas, bedrooms, and perhaps the master bathroom.
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