You may already know that compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are one of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the planet. Using one CFL instead of an incandescent bulb will save about 260 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and save $25 to $45 in energy bills over the life of the bulb, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
While CFLs last an average of 3-5 years, they do eventually die. You may not know that each CFL contains about 5 milligrams of mercury and if they are thrown in the trash, they’re likely to break, releasing the mercury into groundwater and soil.
To avoid contamination, CFLs can be recycled. Find a local resource for recycling CFLs by going to http://earth911.org/; type in CFL and your ZIP code.
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