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Vanessa Brunner added this to Lose It: How to Get Rid of Old Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs): These spiral light bulbs have become more popular over the past several years, mainly because of their relatively affordable price and the huge amount of energy that they save. They produce very little heat — so almost all of the energy is put right into the light output. These bulbs are usually used in place of incandescents, and contain a small amount of mercury. Since mercury is a toxin, it means that particular care needs to be taken when recycling these. In some states, like California, it's illegal to throw CFLs into the trash or the recycling bin. Try checking with your local garbage and recycling center to see if they have a CFL disposal service. If they don't, suggest that they get one! Your city or town may have a drop off location for CFLs, so give your town or city hall a call, too.Some large retailers — like Home Depot and IKEA — offer CFL recycling services for bulbs purchased through them. If none of these options are available to you, visit Earth911.com or RecycleABulb.com to find other ways to safely dispose of a CFL bulb.