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"Shedding Some Light" on Energy-Saving CFL Bulbs

March 25, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Retailers across Iowa are actively promoting compact fluorescent light bulbs, and millions of the energy-efficient, long-lasting bulbs are expected to be sold over the coming years.

Amy Horst with Metro Waste Authority cautions that Iowans should take some special care when disposing of the CFL bulbs, because each one contains a tiny amount of mercury. Therefore, she says, people can't just throw them away when they burn out.

"We encourage residents not to do that because of the mercury within the light bulb. What residents should do is, if they do have compact fluorescent light bulbs, they should recycle them at their household hazardous waste facility."

Horst says residents can call local governmental officials to find the nearest regional household hazardous waste facility or regional collection center. And, she says, a few minor precautions are in order if one of the bulbs is broken in a home.

"Everyone needs to leave the room for about 15 minutes until that mercury dissipates into the air, and then they can go back in with their dust pan and the little broom and sweep it up; then the broken materials can go into their garbage because it's no longer considered a hazard."

The Environmental Protection Agency has been urging stores that sell the bulbs to help recycle them, but so far few have expressed interest in doing so.

Dick Layman/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IA