Compact Fluorescent Lights

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WHERE CAN I RECYCLE CFLs?

To assist you in that effort the Village is providing a CFL recycling program to provide an environmentally safe way to dispose of your CFls. Just bring your spent CFL(s) to the Community Development Department, located in Village Hall during normal business hours. CFLs must be placed in a sealed plastic bag before dropping them off for recycling. 

Village Hall, 901 Wellington Ave
Community Development Counter
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CFLs FROM COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. 

WHAT ABOUT TWO (2) FOOT OR FOUR (4) FOOT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS? 

The Village only accepts compact fluorescent bulbs. Please do not bring two or four foot fluorescent lights to the Village for recycling. As a member of SWANCC, Village residents can bring these lights to any SWANCC member community that accepts these bulbs. Visit www.swancc.org for disposal locations in the area.

WHAT ARE COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS (CFLs)?

A CFL is an energy saving, long life fluorescent bulb that fits into a standard light bulb socket. CFLs produce about the same amount of light as a standard (incandescent) light bulb, but use 2/3 less energy and last 10 times longer. Each CFL can save at least $25.00 in energy costs over the use of a standard bulb. CFLs produce 70% less heat than a standard bulb and are cool to the touch.

WHY IS RECYCLING CFLs IMPORTANT?

Each CFL contains a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. A CFL contains an average of five (5) milligrams mercury, roughly equivalent to the tip of a ball point pen (a mercury thermometer contains 100 x that amount). Mercury poses a potential health risk, and therefore should be recycled.


WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A CFL BREAKS?

Because there is such a small amount of mercury in a CFL, there is no immediate health risk if a bulb breaks and it is cleaned up properly. If a CFL should break simply wet a paper towel, wipe up the breakage, put the contents in a sealed bag and throw away in the garbage. Do not vacuum up broken pieces, and open windows to ventilate if possible.

Be careful when removing the CFL from its packaging, or when installing/replacing one. Always screw or unscrew the bulb by its base and never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket by its tubes.