CFL Disposal

There’s no doubt that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are better for the environment—and our pocketbooks—than traditional incandescent bulbs. CFLs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

Concerns about the mercury in CFLs have raised questions about how to properly dispose of them. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury—an average of 4 milligrams—sealed within the glass tubing. (By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury.) Mercury is an essential part of CFLs; it reacts with the coating on the inside of the glass tube to produce light using very little electricity.

Because mercury is toxic, follow these tips to safely handle a CFL bulb:

• Hold the bulb by its base and not the glass part

• Never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket






Adams Electric Cooperative
Mailing address: P.O. Box 247, Camp Point, IL 62320
Headquarters Location: 700 E. Wood St., Camp Point, IL
Phone: 217-593-7701 – Fax: 217-593-7120