What should I do with a CFL when it burns out?
EPA recommends consumers take advantage of available local recycling options for compact fluorescent light bulbs. (Home Deport, Jackson EMC and Keep Jackson County Beautiful). EPA is working with CFL manufacturers and major US retailers to expand recycling and disposal options. Consumers can contact their local municipal solid waste agency directly or go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Earth911 website to identify local recycling options. If you cannot find a convenient location to recycling your used CFL, or it has broken, seal the bulb in two plastic bags and put it into the outside trash or other protected outside location for the next normal trash collection. CFLs should not be disposed of in an incinerator.

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs have a warranty. If the bulb has failed within the warranty period, return it to your retailer.

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1. Why should people use CFLs?
2. Do CFLs contain mercury?
3. What are mercury dangers?
4. What precautions should I take when using CFLs in my home?
5. What should I do with a CFL when it burns out?
6. What is mercury?