Mercury makes fluorescent lights work and cannot be eliminated from the lights completely. When mercury-containing products, such as fluorescent lights, are placed in the household trash, the mercury may be released to the environment from waste incinerators or from landfills. Recycling the lights keeps the mercury out of the environment and allows the mercury, glass and metal to be reused in other products.
Reduce: Because CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs and use up to 66% less energy, switching to fluorescent lighting reduces the amount of bulbs used and the amount of energy needed to light your home! Using fluorescent lighting does create special environmental considerations when it comes to use and disposal.
Note: Businesses must comply with MT State Law when disposing of long tube fluorescent and HID lamps, ballasts & thermostats. Disposal by residents in household trash is discouraged, but not currently prohibited. See below for safe local disposal options for CFLs.
Recycle fluorescent bulbs at the following locations:
- Flathead Electric – 2510 Hwy 2 E, Kalispell – 752-4483, accepts CFLs only
- Home Depot – 2455 US Hwy 93 N, Kalispell – 755-5333, accepts CFLs only
- Lowe’s – 2360 US Hwy 93 N, Kalispell – 758-3030, accepts CFLs only.
Find more information about CFL bulbs at http://deq.mt.gov/Land/recycle/Real_Question.
Many thermostats used to control the room temperature in your home contain mercury. Consequently, these old thermostats should never be disposed of in the trash or local landfill. To assist homeowners with proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats, a no-cost collection/recycling program is available to all Montana residents.
- Flathead County Landfill – 758-5910, notify them at the gate.
- Ferguson – 758-3030
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