IKEA is recycling CFLs

Energy & Sustainability

Compact Fluorescent
Awhile back when we had a few posts about CFLs (compact florescent lights) there was a lively discussion regarding the mercury and recycling issues/opportunities. I just saw that IKEA has a recycling program, if any maker uses it post up in the comments –

IKEA has been offering these energy-saving light bulbs for over ten years. Consumers buy them for their affordability (only slightly more than regular incandescent bulbs), and their energy-saving capabilities. While they use 80 percent less energy than incandescents, they provide the same amount of light and reduce electric bill costs.

Compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) can last up to 10 times longer than incandescent. In these times of environmental responsibility, this translates into better everyday energy practices and big cost savings.

Bring your used mercury containing lightbulbs to the IKEA store for free disposal. Since our CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, they should not be simply tossed out. IKEA offers the perfect solution: a ‘Free Take Back’ program offering recycle bins in all IKEA stores.

IKEA is recycling CFLs – [via] Link.


Compact fluorescents not catching on fast?… – Link.
Home Depot giving away 1m compact fluorescent light … – Link.

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