The Home Depot stores, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, have launched a nationwide program to help people recycle Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL). “With more than 75 percent of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store, this program is the first national solution to providing Americans with a convenient way to recycle CFLs”, according to Ron Jarvis, senior vice president, Environmental Innovation.
Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an easy change, better for the environment and your pocket book. But, like any fluorescent, their mercury content makes them a toxic hazard in an incinerator or landfill, making this recycling program a great solution.
At every The Home Depot store, customers can bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company that will package, transport and recycle and ensure environmental compliance.
In addition to the CFL recycling program, The Home Depot has launched an in store energy conservation program to switch light fixture showrooms in the US stores from incandescent bulbs to CFLs by Fall 2008 and save $16 Million annually in energy costs.
Eco-options, launched in April 2007, is a classification that allows customers to easily identify products that have less of an impact on the environment. Check out all the Eco-options The Home Depot offers.