Compact fluorescent light bulbs are an increasingly popular way to save energy. But improper disposal of the bulbs creates a hazard, because they contain small amounts of mercury.
Home Depot, the nation’s second-largest retailer, has announced that it will take back old compact fluorescents in all of its U.S. stores, creating the nation’s most widespread recycling program for the bulbs.
Until now, most U.S. consumers had to seek out local hazardous waste programs or smaller retail chains willing to collect the bulbs for recycling, like Ikea and True Value. Others bought kits to mail the bulbs to a recycling facility.