Home Depot and Lowes offers free CFL recycling. Bring your old or broken CFL to the customer service desk or the drop off bin by the exit at your nearest Home Depot or Lowes location.
Compact fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury. The mercury poses no threat while in the bulb, but if you break one be carefl not to inhuale the mercury - use a wet paper towel to clean it up and put all of the pieces, and the paper towel, into a zip loc bag and seal the bag. Bring the bag to your recycling station.
All our volunteers carry Zip Loc bags to the installations.
CFLs save consumers energy and money, but also pose hazards to the environment. When discarded in the trash they can release mercury vapor into the environment. The released mercury vapor is harmful not only to the environment, but animals and you! Read more about the mercury content here.
CFLs have to be recycled!
Incandescent Bulb Recycling
Currently there is no recycling facility for incandescent bulbs for the metro New Orleans area. A facility does exist in Hammond, LA but the price is currently prohibitive to our program. If you have any
suggestions on what to do with incandescent bulbs please send us your ideas by email.