Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling
CFLs have become increasingly popular in recent years because they are longer lasting than traditional light bulbs and cut electricity costs by up to 75%. They do; however, contain a small amount of mercury.
CFLs are accepted at any of the Delaware County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events. Also accepted at HHW events are the long, fluorescent tube light bulbs. To obtain further information regarding dates, location and other items accepted at an HHW Event, click here.
If you’d rather not wait for an HHW Event, CFLs may be dropped off at any Home Depot or Lowe’s store for recycling. Both stores also accept Ni-Cad and rechargeable batteries. Additionally, Lowe’s will accept your black plastic flower, shrub, and tree pots for recycling.
Delaware County offers consumers the above disposal options which are safer for the environment and public health rather than discarding CFLs with household trash. An estimated 99.9% of the mercury will be recovered. When disposing of CFLs, seal them in two plastic bags. Transport and deliver in a way that prevents breakage.
“CFLs are a win-win for the consumer and the environment. While CFLs cost more initially, the energy savings can pay back the higher upfront cost in as little as four months and each bulb can save more than $60 on your electric bill over the CFLs entire lifespan.