One of the many benefits of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is that they last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. But how should we dispose of these bulbs when they do burn out?
Home Depot recently announced an in-store, consumer CFL recycling program at all store locations in the United States.
According to Home Depot, customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, place them in a plastic bag and deposit into the orange CFL collection unit. The bulbs will then be managed by an environmental management company who will coordinate packaging, transportation and recycling. The CFL receptacles are located on the front end of the store near the entrance, by the returns desk or near the exit doors inside the store.
A store finder is available on the Home Depot website to locate the store nearest you. Many towns and cities offer recycling opportunities at local recycling centers or transfer stations. There may also be household hazardous waste collection days; contact your local waste disposal officials for details.