Dispose of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Safely!
Replacing conventional light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is a great way to save on energy bills and protect the environment. CFLs use 1/4 to 1/5 the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 times longer. They can be used anywhere you would use a regular light bulb, but have the longest life if they are generally left on for more than 15 minutes.
Like all fluorescent bulbs, CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which means that improper disposal of spent bulbs can lead to health and environmental risks. Don’t throw used CFLs in the trash or break them; save them in a safe place (keep the original packaging!).
If you have more questions or are a business interested in recycling fluorescent lighting call Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640.
Cleaning Fluorescent Breaks
If a fluorescent light breaks, it is very important to follow the proper cleaning procedures. Review the information provided by the EPA to learn how to safely deal with a small mercury spill.
Fluorescent tubes are only accepted at the Disposal of Toxics facility.