By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | July 1, 2008
Great Great Great News!! Home Depot stores will now be collecting used (and unbroken) Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs for recycling!
From the Home Depot press release (PDF): “At each The Home Depot store, customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance.”
So, we all know by now that CFLs save massive amounts of energy and are a no-brainer way to green your home and office. But the bulbs also contain small amounts of mercury, which means they’re too toxic to toss out with the trash (and into the landfill). Ikea has had a CFL recycling program for awhile now, but there are far fewer Ikeas than Home Depots– so this makes it much easier to be responsible about used CFL disposal.
Of course, it would be wasteful to drive to a Home Depot just to drop off one single bulb– so keep it in a safe spot until you’re heading there anyway, or until you’ve got a few bulbs collected to drop off together.
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