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CFL Recycling

Would you like to lighten the load on Mother Earth?

Use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for your home and dispose of them properly. CFLs help conserve natural resources like coal and gas by using up to 75% less electricity than common incandescent bulbs. CFLs last longer, too. Unfortunately, some good things do end and your CFL will eventually burn out.

Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and electronic components, the US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that the lamps be properly recycled. You can take your burned out CFLs to Ace Hardware in Waunakee and they will dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should people use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)?

Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an effective, accessible change every American can make right now to reduce energy use at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, cost a little up front, and provide a quick return on investment.

Do CFLs contain mercury?

CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing an average of 5 milligrams about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury. It would take 100 CFLs to equal that amount. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use.

What if a CFL breaks in my home?

CFLs are made of glass and can break if dropped or roughly handled. Be careful when removing the bulb from its packaging, installing it, or replacing it. If a CFL should break in your home, EPA provides clean up guideline that can be preformed by the general public.

What should I do with a burnt out CFL?

Simply drop off your burned out CFL at a local hardware store and it will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.

For additional information visit ENERGY STAR for additional information.