Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use less energy than incandescent bulbs and are becoming a more popular way to light up homes and businesses in Wisconsin. However, CFLs and other fluorescent lamps contain small amounts of mercury and these used lamps need to be properly disposed. The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provide useful resources for consumers and businesses on the clean up of broken bulbs and the proper way to dispose of used bulbs.
For further information for the clean up of broken bulbs and the proper way to dispose of used bulbs:
- ENERGY STAR Cleanup and Disposal Guidelines For Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
- US EPA Guidelines on:
- Wisconsin DNR webpage on what to do with waste bulbs.
- WI DNR fact sheets for businesses on:
- ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Use their website to find information on energy savings, how CFL's work, and a "buyers guide" to help you decide what type of bulbs to buy.