Recycle Compact Fluorescent Bulbs at Home Depot

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Compact Fluorescent BulbHow to dispose of compact fluorescent bulbs is an issue because they contain small amounts of mercury. Home Depot is going to make it easier:

“Home Depot, the nation’s second-largest retailer, will announce on Tuesday that it will take back old compact fluorescents in all 1,973 of its stores in the United States, creating the nation’s most widespread recycling program for the bulbs.”

With that number of locations, the recycling rate for the bulbs, currently estimated at 2%, is sure to go up.

If you are not using compact fluorescent bulbs because they contain mercury, please keep in mind that there is a greater health risk from the mercury emissions of coal-fired electric plants. Less efficient bulbs require more power to be generated.

(Photo by Michael Hicks)

Source: New York Times

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