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Recycle CFLs at The Home Depot

Not everybody realizes that those little energy and environmental lifesavers, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have a disadvantage. They have trace amounts of mercury, which make them dangerous to send to the dump. But good news is on the way.
By Matthew Foster
June 2008 Web
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In keeping with its motto, “You can do it. We can help,” The Home Depot has agreed that if consumers bring their used CFLs to any of its 1,973 locations, The Home Depot will recycle them for free.

“With more than 75 percent of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store, this program is the first national solution to providing Americans with a convenient way to recycle CFLs,” says Ron Jarvis, The Home Depot’s senior vice president of Environmental Innovation

Be careful when you’re transporting CFLs to the store for recycling; broken CFLs increases chances for mercury exposure. Also, don’t forget to grab your dead batteries because The Home Depot recycles them, too.

More about CFLs

• Read about India's plan to replace all incandescent light bulbs with CFLs.

• Here's a bright idea—save energy (and money) with CFLs.

• Replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs is one way you can make a difference this year. Check out Natural Home's list of nine small steps to eco-activism.

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