IKEA recycles your CFLs for free

By | November 7, 2007

Compact fluorescent light bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, are an awesome way to go green everyday at home. They are low energy efficient light bulbs that use 80 percent less energy than incandescents, last up to 10 times longer and still provide the same amount of light. This all translates into better everyday energy practices and big cost savings.

However, there is one bad side to CFLs. As many of you already know, they contain small amounts of mercury. These small amounts are not dangerous for you, but in vast amounts they are. That’s why it’s important to recycle the broken and used CFLs so, the mercury doesn’t end up in the landfills and in turn our environment.

IKEA has been offering these energy-saving light bulbs for over ten years and has recently announced the Free Take Back program. IKEA now offers free recycling of any CFLs brought to their stores, even if the CFL wasn’t bought at IKEA.

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