Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) help conserve natural resources like coal and gas by using far less electricity than common incandescent bulbs. CFLs last longer, too. Unfortunately, some good things do end and your CFL will eventually burn out.
All compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), including ENERGY STAR® qualified bulbs, contain a small amount of mercury. Yet they are safe to use. They do not emit mercury when they are intact, in use, properly stored, handled, and/or installed. Because CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury, the bulbs should be recycled properly and not thrown in the trash. By recycling the bulbs, you are helping prevent the release of mercury into the environment. Plus, almost all components of the bulbs can be reused.
Stoughton Utilities has an easy way for you responsibly dispose of your dark CFLs, so don't throw them in the trash can! You can take your old CFL bulbs to Asleson's True Value or Stoughton Lumber - Ace Hardware and Stoughton Utilities will collect these old CFLs for free and see that they are properly recycled. This collection program is funded by our Commitment to Community program. While you're there, don't forget to purchase a replacement ENERGY STAR® CFL bulb!
And when outside of Stoughton, Focus on Energy has made it easy for you by partnering with nearly 400 retailers across the state to offer free CFL recycling
. Simply bring in your expired, unbroken CFLs to a participating retailer near you.