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Jul 072010

From Green Right Now Reports

Waste Management, Inc. announced it will launch a new program for communities to recycle used compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in a safe, environmentally responsible manner along with their residential recycling programs.

Houston-based Waste Management said it will roll out the curbside CFL recycling program in four communities where it provides residential recycling services: Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.; Melbourne, Fla.; Palm Bay City, Fla. and Brevard County, Fla. After launching in the four inaugural communities, Waste management said it hopes to enroll other communities across the country in the program in the coming months.

The company said residents will receive a specially designed Mercury VaporLok container that can safely store up to 12 standard CFLs. When the bag is full, residents can call Waste Management to collect the container through their current curbside pickup service.

Waste Management can customize this service based on the needs of each community to ensure the program is intuitive and effective.

“We are always exploring innovative solutions to help our customers integrate recycling into their daily lives,” Rick Cochrane, senior director of WM LampTracker at Waste Management, said in a statement. “We are looking to implement this curbside CFL service in communities across the country where we provide residential recycling to complement our other residential services while helping residents adopt the use of energy-saving CFLs.”

For those communities that do not have Waste Management residential recycling services, residents can recycle their CFLs through Waste Management’s ThinkGreenFromHome.com, which provides consumers with a ways to recycle their household universal waste directly from their home with confidence it will be handled safely and responsibly.

CFLs use just 25 percent of the electricity of traditional incandescent bulbs, helping consumers reduce electricity consumption and save on utility bills. Because the devices contain mercury, however, proper handling and disposal of the bulbs is an important safety and environmental consideration. Several states have enacted laws mandating the recycling of CFLs, making convenient disposal options important.

With a 2012 deadline for the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs, customers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to properly dispose of household universal waste.