Wal-Mart Hits Goal Of Selling 100 Million Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Early
Last year, Wal-Mart announced an ambitious goal — they wanted to sell 100 million compact fluorescent light bulbs in one year. Wal-Mart's announcement generated a lot of discussion on TreeHugger. Now the company has announced that they've already achieved that goal. Wal-Mart estimates that these energy-saving bulbs will have the effect of taking 700,000 cars off the road, or conserving the energy needed to power 450,000 single-family homes. But, while I'm glad to see that sales of CFLs are brisk, Wal-Mart has not committed to recycling any of the bulbs they sell. By contrast, Ikea has a simple fluorescent bulb recycling program in place in all their stores.I hope that some of the mercury-containing bulbs that Wal-Mart sells will be disposed of properly.