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CFLS – How To Dispose Of Them Safely

by B.Annie on March 13, 2017

If you are like most of our customers you are currently changing your lightbulbs from CFLS to LED.  LED’s were always the better choice for lighting your home but at $20 and more per bulb they were cost prohibitive.  Now that the prices have plummeted it’s time to make the change .

But wait, don’t trash your CFLS

 

Contrary to what you may have read on the internet, the amount of mercury is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if broken.  However, when you are about to toss them, think of this.  What happens when you, your neighbors and half of Anne Arundel County toss them at the same time?  Now they are piled up at the dump and that mercury is seeping into the ground and in turn into our Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

 

So, what should you do with them?

 

Luckily for most Maryland residents and for all Anne Arundel County residents, landfills sponsor hazardous waste days for household items.  Check this link to find see the schedule.

 

What if you break a CFL bulb?

 

While what I said earlier is true, it is always better to be safe than sorry.  If you break a bulb, take a second to remove children and pets from the room.  Gather the big pieces and place them into a plastic bag.  Use a broom and a wet paper towel to clean up the rest.  Avoid using a vacuum as this can cause the fumes to swirl around your home.  After cleaning it up, open the windows to allow the room to air out.

As always Winstar strives to provide the very best customer service in your home and out.  If you have question you would like answered here in the future, let us know.  We are here to serve.