Recycling Fluorescent Bulbs
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does anybody know of some places in Lamorinda to recycle/properly
dispose of florescent light bulbs?
According to stopwaste.org: ''Home Depot announced it will offer free
CFL recycling at each of its 1,973 locations. Customers can drop off
expired, unbroken bulbs at the returns counter of any Home Depot
store.'' StopWaste may have other options for you, too.
The OSH in Moraga takes them for recycling. You can just hand them to
the customer service person at the front desk as you walk in. I'm
sure other hardware stores will take them if the OSH is too much of a
haul. Just call your local hardware store.
Now that we have transferred over to using fluorescent light
bulbs, I read somewhere that you have to be careful how you
dispose of them. Does anyone know where around Rockridge that we
can dispose of them? And while we're on the subject, what is the
appropriate way to dispose of batteries? Thank you!
The only place I have heard that collects broken CFLs is IKEA. In
fact, they've been accepting them since day 1 (it takes a Swedish
company to get things right I suppose).
As far as batteries, you should not have any problem -- you could
probably take them in to any Walgreens. Alameda County recycling
centers will take them as well. If you have lots of them, it
might make sense to separate them out, i.e., alkaline, Ni-MH, etc.
I recently came across gcycle.org as a one-stop shop on where to
take stuff for recycling (although, they don't have any
suggestions for recycling CDs).
I am guessing most people do what we do, i.e., collect stuff in a
box, until we eventually figure out how to recycle it.
Everything you need to know is here:
Check out this website http://www.recyclemore.com/
Many hardware stores like OSH will accept fluorescent bulbs
(they have mercury in them). Office supply stores will often
accept batteries and used cell phones.
The El Cerrito recycling center has buckets for household
batteris and also accepts car batteries. For other household
hazardous material like pesticides, paint and cleaners, look on
the above website for your nearest location.
Ikea in Emeryville has free bins for disposing of light bulbs
and batteries. The bins are near the exit. I believe the bins
are attached to a wall near the restrooms as you are exiting
There are a lot of places to recycle those items. The easiest
thing to do is go to stopwaste.org and use the recycling wizard
there. It's easiest to use if you select ''all materials''. The
list is alphabetical, so it's pretty easy to find places to
recycle lots of things. It only covers Alameda county, though,
so not all area options are shown. For example, residents can
drop off household batteries at the El Cerrito Recycling Center.
Still, it's a great resource.
Old batteries, fluorescent bulbs, old paint and any hazardous wastes are to be
dropped off at Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop off. The phone is
Call for directions and to find out when they are open. It is really easy, it's a drive
through area so you don't even need to leave your car. They take it from you. We
keep a bag in our utility closet and collect all old batteries, fluorescents, etc. and
then when it's full enough drive it over. It's worth the effort!
Ikea takes both. I think some other stores like Best Buy or Walgreens accept batteries
and printer cartridges. A lot of stores that sell the products do have recycling
programs. Just phone up some stores convenient to you that sell these products and
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