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Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) contain small amounts of mercury that is harmful to the environment. Xcel Energy provides free CFL recycling at participating retailers and county recycling centers. Residential customers can recycle up to 10 bulbs for free!
Do not dispose of spent mercury bulbs in household trash receptacles.
Find a recycling location near you (see section on “how to get started” below).
Save, and Help the Environment
When you replace old bubs with CFLs, the CFLs:
If every US household replaced a bulb with an ENERGY STAR® CFL, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes, about $600 million in energy costs and prevent emissions from the equivalent of 800,000 cars in one year.
You should recycle CFLs at approved locations. In most states, these locations will be local recycling or solid waste facilities. In Colorado you can recycle your CFLs for free at participating retailers.
To find a location near you, please contact your local waste facility or click on the links below:
Electricity customers of Xcel Energy in Colorado qualify for this program.
Manufacturers are working to reduce mercury in fluorescent lights. A CFL contains a very small amount of mercury in its glass tubing—about 5 milligrams—an amount that only covers the tip of a ballpoint pen. That’s just a tiny fraction of the mercury found in old thermometers—about 500 milligrams which is equal to the amount in 100 CFLs.
CFLs are made of glass and can break. Be careful when removing CFLs from packaging, installing or replacing them. If a CFL breaks, follow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for proper clean-up.
For information on ordering CFLs, see our Home Lighting page.