CFL Exchange Program
The three-year CFL Exchange Program officially came to an end in 2011. The program saw more than 30,000 CFLs being distributed to members throughout the service territory.
CFL Disposal and Clean-up
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury (about five milligrams) sealed within the glass tubing. No mercury is released when the bulbs are in use. The cooperative will continue to recycle CFLs at the office. Members also can take them to a household hazardous waste collection site. If those options are not available, seal the CFL in two plastic bags and place them in the trash.
If a CFL breaks, the risk is small. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends opening a window and airing out the room. Remove all materials without using a vacuum. Place all clean-up materials in a plastic bag and seal it. Seal the bag in a second plastic bag and dispose of it in an outside trash can. The first time this area is vacuumed, the vacuum bag should be removed and disposed of.
EPA Consumer Information - Compact Fluorescent Lights