On average 25% of your monthly electric bill is the lighting in your home. CFLs are a cost effective solution to bring down your lighting bill. They do come with a catch.
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which is toxic and tough to get out of the environment. CFL bulbs don’t belong in your regular trash when they finally burn out. So what to do with them?
Here are a few ways to properly dispose of CFL lamps:
- Call your local garbage service. Ask them if they have a program for recycling CFL lamps.
- Call your local municipality. They may have a local recycling center close by that you can drop these burned out CFL lamps off at. Typically there is a charge for this so you may want to call the recycling center to ask what kind of fees to expect.
- Earth 911 is the United States and Canada’s largest online clearing house for recycling information. Visit their website at http://earth911.org/ and type in your zip code to get a list of recycling centers near you.
- Many Home Depot stores accept CFLs to recycle at no charge. Check with your local store to see if they offer this service.