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I didn't know

You can't just throw out compact fluorescent bulbs when they burn out, because they contain small amounts of mercury. Fortunately, Home Depot offers a recycling service.

Home Depot Eco-Options Index

I didn't know that until tonight. Yikes. I've been using them since the early 90s, and while very few of them have ever burned out, some of them have. I just threw them out. Well, I know better now.

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postynotedreams
Jun. 3rd, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Heh, I use them because our house's questionable wiring makes standard bulbs burn out fast. I've only had to worry over recycling a couple because I always manage to break them when I change them. Eek. Must be Murphy's Law. I never break incandescent. Amusingly, the recyclers won't take the broken bulbs so the local "experts" say to just throw them away.

**headdesk**
np_complete
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
**headdesk** indeed!

I went to a website that discussed all this in detail and their solution for broken bulbs was to keep them in a covered bucket somewhere. Really. Not throw out, not recycle, just keep in permanent limbo. (Well, at least the mercury isn't getting into the groundwater!) I guess when you ultimately move out of the house you leave them as a surprise for the new owners.
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