You have to be careful when recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, because they contain trace amounts of mercury. Chain stores like IKEA, ACE Hardware, and True Value Hardware have CFL recycling programs, so you can take your bulbs there. Also, check with your local recycling center to see if they’ll take them. The link below will lead you to some sites that list CFL recycling programs across the country.
You can visit Earth911.com to search for the nearest facility that will accept CFLs for recycling.
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Fluorescent light bulbs are actually being handled by Waste Management as well. It typically applies to the large bulbs, but the swirly ones would apply as well. For the smaller swirly ones, try to utilize the ideas above first. Waste Management charges $20 for the box to collect all the bulbs in, and then they ship it off to the midwest to a company that recycles them properly (accounting for the mercury). Let your company know about this, because there are expensive fines for any company that gets audited since they are expected to know about this procedure. Macy’s was fined $10,000 earlier this year.
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