No more excuses. The Home Depot offers a simple and free drop-off program to help recycle old CFL bulbs at all of its locations. The tune is an old one: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs because they absorb less energy and have a longer shelf life than their incandescent counterparts.
Considering this, how do you dispose of bulbs?
Double-bag the broken CFL or tube in a re-sealable plastic bag and place in your household trash. Do not put CFLs or tubes into your recycling bin. Dispose of incandescent and halogen light bulbs in your regular trash collection.
Why do CFL bulbs need to be recycled?
Recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment. CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs often break when thrown into a dumpster, trash can or compactor, or when they end up in a landfill or incinerator. Learn more about CFLs and mercury. Other materials in the bulbs get reused.
Can you throw out light bulbs?
Energy efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp and can be recycled at local recycling centres. Older style 'incandescent' bulbs aren't recyclable and should be thrown away in your rubbish bin.