So you don't live close to an IKEA store (where, as we recently noted, they are taking back anyone's compact fluorescent bulbs), but you still want to recycle that CFL that finally died. What can you do?
According to a representative from Veolia Environmental Services whom I met at Greenbuild yesterday, Veolia has gained USPS approval for a shipping container to be used for recycling compact fluorescent bulbs through the mail. These are the first shipping containers for compact fluorescent bulbs that are approved by the U.S. Postal Service for use in regular mail. So recycling that bulb will be no more difficult than putting a package out in the mail.
Veolia's other shipping containers for mercury recycling have a sealable bag to contain the mercury in case the bulb does happen to break while in transit. Presumably these new containers will be similarly constructed.
The next step will be to get manufacturers to include the packaging for this with the bulb itself, so that you don't even need to seek out the packaging in order to do this. Of course, having more retailers behave the way IKEA is and offering recycling facilities at their stores would be ideal. But until this happens, and for people in remote locations, this may be a good alternative.
This program hasn't been rolled out on their website yet, but look for information about this to be coming soon.
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