Recycling CFLs Johnson City TN
You've probably heard about CFLs, those energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps that many (including us) regularly recommend as alternatives to typical incandescent lights.� You've probably also heard that CFLs contain very small amounts of mercury sealed in glass tubing.� The typical CFL has about 4 milligrams of mercury, which would fit on the tip of a ballpoint pen, and newer CFLs have as little as 1.4 milligrams of mercury, according to the Department of Energy.
However, because of that mercury, CFLs must be disposed of carefully.� In many areas, you can't put them in the household trash, and many recycling programs won't accept CFLs.� If you're trying to figure out how to dispose of your CFLs, Waste Management, the nation's largest waste and recycling company, has a solution.
The company recently launched an online serices, called Think Green From Home, that makes it easy to safely recycle household waste such as CFLs and batteries.� On the website, homeowners can order mail-in recycling kits for CFLs, batteries and (soon) small electronics such as cell phones and MP3 players.
The website explains step-by-step how to recycle CFLs, and will even provide you with a confirmation of recycling via e-mail.� Each CFL Recycling Kit is priced at $14.95, and can hold up to 15 CFLs.� the kits come complete with a re-searable VaporLok bag and a prepaid reutrn shipping label.� When the box is full, seal it and put it in your mailbox.� It's that easy.� For more information:� www.thinkgreenfromhome.com or 866-699-6466.