Ask Liz: CFL Bulb Disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency says that since CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, there are important guidelines to follow for correct disposal.

It recommends that consumers take burned out bulbs to local recycling center or even local retailers. Here's a list of some retailers that will recycle your CFL bulbs:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Aubuchon Hardware
  • Bartell Drugs
  • Home Depot
  • IKEA
  • Lowe's
  • Menards
  • Orchard Supply
  • TrueValue

Other local locations can be found by visiting

If your state permits putting CFLs in the trash, seal the bulb in two plastic bags and put it in the outside trash.

For more information about CFL bulbs, visit the EPA's website.

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