As the Home Depot calls it out! No more excuses! The Home Depot offers a simple and free drop-off program to help recycle old CFL bulbs. Yes folks at all of its locations.

The tune is an old one: Switch to LED bulbs because they absorb less energy and have a longer shelf life than their incandescent counterparts. And, CFL has the warning that they also contain small amounts of mercury. It comes right along with that knowledge, making them a little irksome to dispose of.

So get rid of CFL and Make it easy on yourself! Please let The Home Depot take care of the hazardous part by taking advantage of its CFLs Recycling Initiative program.Home Depot recycling

Since 2008, one of the world’s leading home retailers has been offering its customers the free service of recycling intact CFLs to further push the use of these energy-saving bulbs. In its early stages, a Home Depot employee was the hands-on liaison between burned-out CFLs and the recycling receptacle. But, the process has become even more basic (if that’s possible). Simply head in the direction of the returns desk and locate the orange recycling container that is designated for CFLs. Place them in one of the provided plastic bags and drop them into the container. You have just successfully done your share in recycling a CFL bulb. The Home Depot then takes on the job of ensuring that the bulbs will be handled by an environmental management company that will safely organize the proper packaging, transportation and recycling of the CFLs.

This program is just one of the many efforts The Home Depot has made toward equipping its customers with environmentally friendly tools to implement in their own homes. Brush up on more ways you can improve your household with the Eco Options Program, and find out where you can conveniently deposit your expired CFLs withThe Home Depot store locator.

Comparing LED lights are made with a light-emitting diode or LED, which is a solid-state semiconductor emitting light whenever a current passes through it. These bulbs are energy-saving, and they’re perfect for hard-to-reach areas because you don’t have to change them often. Also, LED lights emit little heat, so they are preferred in many homes.

But what is the difference between LED and CFL bulbs?

Here are the differences between LED and CFL lights:

1. Base Sizes and Shapes

CFL lights have a tube space with varying sizes, and the shape is either spiral or twister lights and triple tubes. Candelabra, GU24, G23, intermediate, and medium are the common base sizes. On the other hand, LEDs are identified by their series of numbers and letters.

2. Heat and Light Intensity

CFL lights have a spiral-shaped design that emits a softer glow than LED, containing small amounts of mercury. This bulb takes a while to warm up until it reaches its full brightness. On the other hand, LED emits resembles natural daylight without warm-up time.

3. Energy-efficiency

Both LED and CFL lights are great in energy conservation. LED light bulbs save more energy than fluorescent lights.

4. Home Depot Recycles LED bulbs

Most string lights nowadays use LED bulbs, and Home Depot also accept these bulbs for recycling. You can mail string lights such as HolidayLEDs and Christmas Light Source to Home Depot if you’re willing to pay for the shipping.


Recycling light bulbs is made possible through Home Depot, which is the nation’s partner of many homeowners nowadays. Home Depot can recycle CFL and LED bulbs, helping in proper recycling and environmental preservation. Now, you’re more knowledgeable on how to avail of Home Depot’s recycling program for stress-free disposal of your light bulbs. Also, it’s one way to help reduce waste in landfills, protecting the environment. 

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Dani Villalobos


January 17, 2013

Home Depot does CFL recycling

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