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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.

4 thoughts on “IKEA is recycling CFLs

  1. ohonkysladdero says:

    I’ve used their recycling services. It’s pretty simple at the Atlanta store location. Walk into IKEA and navigate to the Returns section and there is a large kiosk to dispose of CFLs, batteries, and I think plastic bags was the other item taken. Another area for recycling CFLS is in the Lighting department. There are a few bins that will accept CFLs and batteries as well.

  2. Juggernott says:

    This has been in affect at the local Burlington Ontario IKEA for some time now. They will also take used batteries. I unloaded about 10 pounds of them that I collected from family and friends. Ever since my last visit to the store I try to spend little time around the box for the bulbs. A very nice customer decided to drop his bulbs in and I could hear them breaking. The local municipalities will also dispose of bulbs, fluorescents, and batteries properly at the dump sites.

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