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How to safely dispose of your CFLs

Disposing of your CFLs

As a follow-up to my last post, CFLs....The Newest Environmental Hazard?, I wanted to let you know of a few options for safely disposing of your CFLs(Compact Florescent Light Bulbs).

Option 1: Contact your local trash service- they may have an option for you to dispose of your CFLs at little or no cost.

Option 2:Earth 911. This is a great website for all your recycling questions. At the top of the page- type in what you want to recycle and your zip code and the site will let you know everywhere near you that accepts recycling for your product.

Option 3:Probably the easiest option is Home Depot. Most Home Depot locations now accept used CFLs for recycling. Home Depot is the largest US retailer to launch a CFL recycling program.

Mike Hogan

Associate Broker

RE/MAX Commonwealth





Comment balloon 5 commentsMike Hogan • October 19 2008 09:53AM


Thanks for the update, Mike.  I think I've just thrown them away in the past, not knowing about the mercury.  I'll use HD for recycling them from now on.

Posted by Heather Goodwin, GoodWin Team Realty (Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission) about 10 years ago

Wow -- this is great news about home depot. I am going to check with our local store. 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

The big box store have a bad rep for a reason, but they also exist for a reason. I think they are trying to contribute to a positive impact and we need to encourage them to do so. Home Depot really is a good easy option for most people.

The more we encourage them to do things like this and support their efforts, the more influence we will have on other issues and the more likely they are to listen. Thanks for the info. 

Posted by Deb Hurt, ABR, e-Pro,Green, TRC (Realty Pro Albuquerque) about 10 years ago


Great post!  Thank you for sharing the do's regarding disposal of CFL's.


Posted by Lisa Santacaterina, Realtor (Urban Nest Realty) about 10 years ago

Love that Home Depot, lots of reasons to go there, they are great marketing people, yes?  I go to dispose of my bulbs and find bulbs, flowers, and lots of things while I'm there.  Good idea.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) almost 9 years ago