Compact Florescent Light Bulbs - CFLs
Compact Florescent Light Bulbs, or CFLs, offer energy-efficient lighting and have a long useful life.
In a CFL, electric current is driven through a corkscrew-shaped tube that contains argon and mercury vapors. This generates invisible UV light that excites the coating of phosphor inside of the bulb, producing the light we see.
Because CFL bulbs do contain small amounts of mercury, they must be handled with care and disposed of responsibly.
CFL bulbs are recyclable. In our area, two places that we know to accept CFL bulbs for recycling are Lowes and Home Depot. (Please let us know if you know of any we might add).
We recommend recycling CFLs. If one is broken or it is not possible for you to recycle it, it can be disposed of with your household waste if it is wrapped and cushioned in two zip-top bags.
If a CFL breaks, your first step is to get people and pets out of the room.
Click here to visit The EPA's cleanup instructions for best practices.