Here’s a bright idea: Recycle your bulbs


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Something you probably don’t know is compact fluorescent light bulbs release mercury into the environment when not properly recycled.

And something you’re probably not doing is recycling CFL bulbs.

According to the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers, only 2% of you are recycling these bulbs. And when you fail to do so, they usually end up in landfills, releasing upward of four tons of mercury annually — that’s from a study in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association.

(Also be aware that incandescent lights will be phased out in the United States by 2014. Which means you’ll be using more CFLs, halogens and LEDs.)

Don’t know how or where to recycle? Home Depot, IKEA, Lowe’s and many Ace Hardware stores, among other retailers, offer free fluorescent light recycling. Check out ALMR.org for more info.