Cut Down on Mercury Pollution When You Recycle Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

What are Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

Compact fluorescent light bulbs or (CFLs) are light bulbs that utilize far less energy than regular, incandescent light bulbs. Incandescents can use 75 percent more energy than CFLs and also burn out much faster. Many people have made the switch to CFLs because they save money on their energy bills and they cut down on how often they need to buy new bulbs. They are becoming much more popular as manufacturers have rolled out new fluorescent light bulbs that are not as blindingly bright as they have been in the past. These bulbs can be used in any type of lamp or light fixture and are sold all over at various department stores, hardware stores, and drugstores.


Why Do Fluorescent Light Bulbs Need to Be Recycled?

These light bulbs are made using small amounts of mercury that may not harm you when you use them in your home, but can damage the environment we live in. When they are thrown out, the mercury can slowly seep into the soil causing pollution of the groundwater and of the air. In order to prevent such dangerous chemicals from making their way into drinking and bathing water, it is important to recycle them. They can be safely converted into other items, cutting down on carbon emissions used to develop new materials and cutting down on chemical pollution of the Earth.

How to Recycle Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

CFLs are recycled very easily. All you need to do is find a recycling center that is in your area that will take these CFLs. You can search online or ask at your hardware store. Some hardware and department stores actually accept old fluorescent light bulbs and recycle them for you, making it that much easier for you to recycle your bulbs without having to do much work! Some recycling centers will come and pick up your CFLs if you ask which will also save you time and effort.