To Compact Fluorescent Bulb
Recycling & Clean up
How do I prepare one compact fluorescent
bulb for recycling?
Carefully remove bulb from lighting appliance. Always screw and
unscrew the bulb by its base, not the glass. Place unbroken bulb
in original packaging if available.
Where can I take it?
fluorescent bulbs may be taken to the returns desk of any Home Depot
Store. See individual store for details. Compact fluorescent bulbs
may be taken to the I-66 Transfer Station Complex and the I-95 Landfill
Complex household hazardous waste sites during scheduled dates and
times only. In addition, the bulbs are accepted at household hazardous
waste collection events.
here for the activity calendar for a list of upcoming events.
Call 703-324-5230, TTY 711 for more information.
What can I do if a bulb
DO NOT vacuum broken fluorescent
bulbs!! While CFLs contain only a trace amount of
safety must be taken into consideration when cleaning up a broken
Here are the steps you should take
in cleaning up CFLs
Step 1: Open a window and leave the room for
at least 15 minutes.
Step 2: Remove all materials you can without
using a vacuum cleaner.
Wear disposable rubber gloves. Scoop up fragments with stiff paper
or cardboard. Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable
wet wipe. Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up
small pieces and powder.
Step 3: Place all cleanup materials in a plastic
bag and seal it. Seal CFL particles in two plastic bags and place
outside with your normal trash collection. Wash your hands.
NOTE: The first time you vacuum the area where
the bulb was broken, be sure to remove the bag or empty and wipe
the canister clean
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