Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

CFL cartoon figureCFLs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. According to Energy Star, if every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an Energy Star qualified CFL, we would save enough energy every year to light 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 800,000 automobiles.

Recycling and Disposal of CFLs

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) contain a small amount of mercury, about 3 to 4 milligrams each, sealed within the glass tubing. As with many household items, such as paints, cleaners, and pesticides, CFLs should be handled properly and disposed of according to state requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency encourages consumers to recycle their spent CFLs to protect human health and avoid unsafe releases to the environment. Requirements for CFL recycling vary by state. For more information visit www.epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling.html.