Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
According to the U.S. government ENERGY STAR program, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb!
Part of what makes these bulbs work so efficiently is the small amounts of mercury they contain. This also means that they need to be handled carefully, and like medicines, chemicals and other potentially hazardous substances in your home, they need to be disposed of outside the regular waste system.
PLEASE DON'T TOSS CFL BULBS IN YOUR REGULAR HOUSEHOLD TRASH!
CFL bulbs may be brought to the county's Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off events twice per year.
Some local businesses, including The Home Depot, Lowes, The Common Market and MOMs Market, accept CFL bulbs for recycling year round (see their websites for more information).
More detailed information on compact fluorescent light bulbs, including disposal options and what to do if a bulb breaks in your home, can be found at the EPA website: