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 CFL Recycle Sites


CFLs use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, we would save enough energy every year to light 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars. And even though CFLs contain a small amount of mercury that could ultimately end up in the environment, that amount is significantly less than the amount of mercury avoided as a result of the energy savings.  By properly disposing of CFLs through recycling or hazardous waste drop-off locations, we can be sure we are keeping mercury from CFLs out of the environment.

All used, unbroken* compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs should be recycled.  The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) offers household hazardous waste collection days at locations throughout the state. You may bring your unbroken CFL bulbs to one of these locations.  In addition, most Lowe's and Home Depot stores in Delaware offer free CFL recycling.  Simply place your CFL in a plastic sandwich bag and drop it off at a participating location for disposal.

For more information, please contact us at (302) 735-3480 during regular business hours.

*Please click here to read how to handle broken bulbs.

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