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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Although they are more energy efficient than incandescents, they must be recycled because they contain mercury. Mercury is a very toxic substance that, if not properly recycled, can lead to contamination of ground water. I think you will do your readers a service by letting them know about the hazards of these bulbs and their responsibility to recycle them.


I.J. Karwick Brighton, Michigan

Good point! Some big-box retailers (like Lowe's, Home Depot, and IKEA) offer take-back programs to recycle bulbs purchased at their stores. Your local government may also have a drop-off site for hazardous household waste. To find the recycling center nearest to you, visit We should also note that the spending bill passed in Congress at the end of December included legislation barring the incandescent phase-out from taking effect until after the end of the current fiscal year in September ... so if you were planning to stockpile incandescent bulbs, you still have time.--Eds.

Karwick, I.J.

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Karwick, I.J. "Illuminating thought." Old House Journal Apr.-May 2012: 9. Home Improvement Collection. Web. 1 Mar. 2012.
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