Why recycle CFLs?
All compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), including ENERGY STAR® qualified bulbs, currently contain a small amount of mercury-about 5 milligrams (mg) per bulb. That's less than the mercury in your average watch battery, and just enough to cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. Though it's an extremely small amount of mercury, these bulbs still need to be recycled properly.
Where can I recycle my CFL?
Focus on Energy has partnered with nearly 400 retailers across the state to offer free CFL recycling to consumers. Simply bring in expired, unbroken CFLs to a participating retailer, who will ship them to an environmental management center to be recycled in accordance with environmental regulations.