Last year, The Home Depot launched a consumer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 1,973 The Home Depot locations. This free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the United States and offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal.

At each The Home Depot store, customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk (and I’ve personally seen collection boxes in the exit vestibule of my local The Home Depot). The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance.

For more information on their CFL Recycling Program or Eco Options, visit www.homedepot.com/ecooptions.

Why is it important to recycle CFLs or other fluorescent light bulbs?

CFLs or other fluorescent light bulbs thrown into the trash are usually sent to a landfill or incinerated. These disposal methods will lead to releases of elemental mercury into the environment through breakage and leakage.  There is also the potential for exposure to mercury from broken fluorescent light bulbs thrown in a dumpster, trash compactor, or trash can.  Approximately 670 million fluorescent light bulbs are discarded each year in the United States. These discarded bulbs can release approximately 2 to 4 tons of mercury per year into the environment. Once in the environment, mercury can be converted to an organic form that accumulates in living organisms and contaminates the food chain. To prevent the release of mercury, the fluorescent light bulbs should be taken to a recycler before they break. Recyclers can recover the mercury and other components for reuse. – Source: www.epa.gov.

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  1. Diane Mitchell says:

    Wendy,
    These are wonderful, informational blogs! I have been enjoying every one. This entry is so helpful; informing people of the dangers of Heavy metals in our environment is vital. As a person who has been through all of this, I encourage everyone to be aware of the hazards and illness caused by irresponsible control of mercury and other toxic metals. Health concerns caused by Heavy Metal Toxicity are often overlooked and/or misdiagnosed, having a domino effect on our system. I urge everyone to be aware that dangerous elements are often found closest to home, as we can see with the light bulb statistics.
    Thank you so much, I continue to look forward to every blog!
    Diane

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.