Co-op consumers as well as members of the general public may bring spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) to any Valley REC office, and co-op personnel will ensure that the bulbs are properly disposed of (compact spirals only, please).
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 5 milligrams (roughly equivalent to the tip of a ballpoint pen). Like paint, batteries, thermostats, and other hazardous household items, CFLs should be disposed of properly. Do not throw CFLs away in your household garbage if better disposal options exist. Energy Star-qualified CFLs have a two-year warranty. If the bulb fails within that period, return it to your retailer.
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is proud to include this community service among the suite of offerings it provides via Valley REC Energy Services.