Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the most energy efficient and cost effective lighting choice for indoor lighting. They use much less energy than incandescent bulbs and provide the same amount of light output. Both carry the ENERGY STAR® label, use less than 75 percent less electricity, and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
CFLs contain small amounts of mercury, and proper disposal is necessary when the bulbs break or burn out. Most CFLs contain less than 5 mg of mercury while fever thermometers can contain up to 1000 mg of mercury. If a CFL breaks, open a window and leave the room for about 15 minutes. Use disposable gloves and gather broken pieces with cardboard and damp paper towels. Drop the pieces into a plastic bag. Seal and place the bag into a second bag before disposing. Do not use a broom or vacuum as this may scatter particles.
CFLs can be recycled! You can drop-off used CFLs at BrightRidge. We only accept used CFLs and do NOT serve as a collection point for other recyclables, which include other types of lighting (i.e. incandescent or fluorescent lamps other than “CFLs”).