Properly disposing of compact fluorescent lamp and other types of light bulbs isn't just good for Mother Nature. Depending on where you live, it may be a legal requirement to recycle fluorescent bulbs after they burn out.
Since CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, it's important to follow the right protocol.
Dropping Off or Preparing for Pick-Up
There are ALA-member lighting showrooms across the country where you can drop off CFL light bulbs to be recycled. However, you can also visit sites like Earth911.org to find more drop-off options.
It's important to determine what the regulations are in your specific area, as these can change from location to location.
If disposal in your area is meant to be done at your home, be sure to place any fluorescent bulbs in a plastic bag and seal them before you put them in the trash.
It's also vital to remember never to send a fluorescent light bulb or any other mercury-containing product to an incinerator. If your local waste agency incinerates garbage, you will need to search for other disposal options in your region.