LightBulbRecycling.com quantifies the alarming environmental damages from compact fluorescent light bulbs:
The mercury from one fluorescent bulb can pollute 6,000 gallons of water beyond safe levels for drinking.
It only takes 1 teaspoon of mercury to contaminate a 20-acre lake FOREVER.
Each year, an estimated 600 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of in U.S. landfills amounting to 30,000 pounds of mercury waste.
If you put your used compact fluorescent light bulbs in your trash, you will make this terrible environmental problem even worse. Depending on where you live, you may also be breaking the law.
You can buy a Compact Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Kit for $107.95 at LightBulbRecycling.com. Or you can put your used bulb in a Ziploc bag, put the bag in a small box, and send it to Washington. They’re the experts. They’ll know what to do.