Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL)
A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) contains small amounts of mercury and should not be thrown in the normal trash once they have been used. Your local county municipal recycling center may collect used CFLs for recycling so check out their website for more detail.
Home Depot CFL Recycling
All Home Depot stores in New Jersey have an orange CFL collection box at the front of the store where you can drop off used CFLs. Simply place the bulb in one of the plastic bags provided and seal the bag before dropping it into the orange box provided. This service is completely free.
For further details regarding this CFL recycling scheme click here and follow the CFL recycling link provided.
Lowe's CFL Recycling
Lowe's stores in New Jersey have recycling center at the front of the store where you can drop off used CFLs, rechargable batteries and plastic bags for recycling. Place the cfl bulb in one of the plastic bags provided and seal the bag before dropping it into the collection box provided. This service is completely free.
For further details regarding this CFL recycling scheme, click here
Waste Management CFL Recycling Kit
If you do not live near to a Home Depot or Lowe's store there are several companies that sell kits for mailing used CFLs to them. You need to use a kit because the CFL contains mercury and therefore you need to ensure that the mercury is contained if the CFLs get broken during transit. The most inexpensive scheme we are aware of is run by Waste Management.
Waste Management will send you a CFL recycling kit for $16.95 into which you can place used CFLs. The box will hold 8-10 medium sized CFLs. Once full, the box can be mailed back to Waste Management for recycling. The cost of the postage is included in the cost of the recycling kit.