Finding Places to Recycle CFLs

CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are quickly becoming popular for their energy efficiency.  Because they last longer than normal bulbs, you may often find you don’t have to throw them out the way you did our regular light bulbs.  When you do have blown bulbs to dispose of, however, it’s important that you make sure and get rid of them the right way.  Believe it or not, those bulbs involve more than just glass and metal, and if you don’t dispose of them correctly, some of the toxins inside can get out.  Sending the bulbs to the landfill means that those toxins can seep into our groundwater and cause illness.

How to Recycle CFLs

When CFLs are recycled, the glass is often reused to make new bulbs.  The metal and plastic parts can also be reused for other things, though they often also go into new compact fluorescent lamps.  It is the mercury in these bulbs that we must be wary of.  That mercury is extremely toxic and has been known to poison people.  When you send your bulbs to be recycled, you can be certain that the poisonous elements will be disposed of correctly, without any chance of reaching our groundwater or poisoning plants, wildlife, or humans.

Where to Recycle in San Diego

Recycle San Diego makes a point of providing a list of recycling facilities in the city and the surrounding area.  If you find the website, http://localhost:8888/rsd, you’ll see there are several in your area.  You can also get contact information so that you can call ahead to verify business hours.  It’s not a bad idea to let them know you’re coming so that you can double check that they accept the items you hope to deliver.

It’s not always convenient to recycle, but it’s important to note that doing so makes our world a better place.