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Recycle Compact Fluorescent Bulbs at The Home Depot


Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are a popular bulb style for many reasons. CFL light bulbs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and are available in various shapes. However, these bulbs should never be thrown away in household trash.

Proper CFL Disposal

CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is toxic to humans and pets. Even though most bulbs contain only about 4 milligrams, CFL bulbs thrown into a landfill can leak toxins into groundwater and taint the drinking water supply in the local area. Proper light bulb disposal is one small way to support the long-term health of your community and the environment.

If a CLF bulb breaks inside your home, clean it up immediately using these tips:

  • Get everyone, including pets, out of the room.
  • Open the windows, turn off the HVAC system, and close the door if possible.
  • Allow the room to air out for at least 10 minutes, then follow EPA guidelines for cleanup.

Recycling Compact Fluorescent Bulbs at The Home Depot

There are several retailers who accept intact and undamaged CFL bulbs for recycling, including The Home Depot. There are also a few online services that allow you to mail in bulbs to be recycled.

To recycle CFLs at The Home Depot:

                    • Locate the recycling bin at the entrance of any Home Depot.
                    • Place your bulbs in the plastic bags provided and drop them in the bin.
                    • There is no charge for recycling.

The Impact of Recycling

In 2020, The Home Depot recycled 562,700 pounds of CFLs.