Making the switch from CFLs to Go Green LED Bulbs’ products makes a enormous positive impact on the environment—lowering annual energy costs and preventing greenhouse gas emissions. Properly recycling your old CFLs is the final step in your smart LED purchase.
Why is it important to recycle CFLs?
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury. Although each bulb contains only enough mercury to cover the tip of a pen, about 5 milligrams, it is important to properly dispose of each bulb. Mercury is not emitted when CFL bulbs are in use, but recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment post-use. It also allows the bulbs’ glass and metals to be reused. Moreover, some states require CFLs be recycled.
Where to recycle?
There are a couple choices for recycling CFLs after switching to LED light bulbs. Options are Recycling Programs at your local hardware stores and retailers and Mail-back Services. Begin by contacting your local municipal solid waste agency about potential local collection programs. The nonprofit website www.earth911.org is an informative resource to find recycling options near you.
Recycling Programs: The following retailers have recycling bins or similar programs to properly dispose of CFLs. Please contact your local store to see if they participate.
Mail-back Services: Some bulb manufacturers and other organizations sell pre-labeled recycling kits. These let you mail bulbs to recycling centers. There may be fees associated.
Also keep your eyes on local media for one-day CFL recycling events. Wal-Mart and Target have previously held such events.
You’ve already made an environmentally conscious choice by purchasing LED products from Go Green LED Bulbs. Please continue helping the environment by properly disposing of your CFL bulbs.