Home Depot stores are now accepting compact fluorescent light bulbs

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The Home Depot

The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, on June 24, launched a national in-store, consumer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 1,973 Home Depot locations. Two stores are located in Clermont County, 1094 Route 28 in Miami Township and 520 Ohio Pike in Union Township.  Customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company.  This is the first program of this kind in the country and will greatly improve the CFL bulb recycling infrastructure, which has been inadequate to date.  Home Depot also accepts rechargeable batteries for recycling.  For more information on the CFL Recycling Program, please visit www.homedepot.com/ecooptions

Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an easy change consumers can make to reduce energy use at home. According to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program, if every American switched out one incandescent bulb to a CFL, it would prevent more than 600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 800,000 cars.

A CFL uses 75 percent less energy than an incandescent light bulb and lasts up to 10 times longer. A power plant will emit 10 milligrams (mg) of mercury to produce the electricity needed to run an incandescent bulb compared to only 2.4 mg of mercury to run a CFL for the same time. That means that use of the CFL will actually prevent six to eight milligrams of mercury from entering the environment. 

CFL’s contain small amounts of mercury and care should be taken to prevent breakage. If broken, do not vacuum up the debris, ventilate the room, use a damp cloth or tape to remove the debris to a plastic bag that can be disposed in household waste.  See the following USEPA link for more detailed advice for cleanup. http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm#fluorescent 

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