Proper CFL Disposal
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are highly efficient. They use 75 percent less energy and last significantly longer than standard incandescent bulbs. However, because CFLs contain tiny amounts of mercury (an average of four milligrams per bulb), proper disposal is important.
CFL disposal resources
- CFLs can be recycled at most Ace Hardware, Home Depot, IKEA and Lowe's locations.
- Call 1-800-RECYCLE to locate a hazardous waste handling facility in your area. In the Portland, Oregon area, CFLs can be taken to one of Metro's hazardous waste facilities at 6161 NW 61st Ave. in Portland or 2001 Washington St. in Oregon City.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
If you can’t find an accommodating recycler in your area, it’s recommended that you wrap the CFL in two sealed plastic bags before placing the bulb in your normal trash. CFLs should not be incinerated.