CFLs have become very popular due to their efficient use of electricity, lowering energy costs for consumers. However, like all fluorescent bulbs, they contain minute amounts of mercury, making them a disposal concern. A growing number of recycling outlets are available for residents. Check the list of programs in the right column for a collection outlet in your community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- To prevent breaking a CFL and to clean up broken bulbs, the U.S. EPA has a two page brochure with information.
- The Michigan Department of Enviornmental Quality's "Bright Idea" page has more information about CFLs.
WHERE TO TAKE SPENT CFLs:
Local household hazardous waste program
Michigan Energy Options Directory of collection programs
Retailers with CFL collection programs:
Always call ahead as programs may change without notice.
From the U.S. EPA website for information about CFLs:
New Light Bulb Law (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) - The Basics
- does not ban the use or purchase of incandescent bulbs.
- does not ban the sale or manufacture of ALL incandescent bulbs, just those common household incandescent (and other) bulbs that are not energy-efficient.
- does not require the use of compact fluorescent bulbs.
- requires about 25 percent greater efficiency (that is, less energy use) for household light bulbs that have traditionally used between 40 and 100 watts of electricity. This exempts many bulbs, including specialty bulbs, three-way bulbs, chandelier bulbs, refrigerator bulbs, plant grow lights and others.
- was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2007 and is implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy.
- includes many other provisions that do not pertain to lighting. Some of these provisions call for: higher gas mileage in automobiles; transportation electrification; increased reliance on biofuels; and training for green jobs.
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