The Home Depot has expanded the recycling program for compact fluorescent light bulbs begun last November in its Canadian stores to in 1900-odd stores in the United States. Customers can bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulb the store's returns desk. "The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance."
"The CFL recycling program is another example of how The Home Depot is empowering customers to help make a difference in their own homes, and have less of an impact on the environment," said Ron Jarvis, senior vice president, Environmental Innovation. "With more than 75 percent of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store, this program is the first national solution to providing Americans with a convenient way to recycle CFLs."
At the same time, The Home Depot announced that by Fall 2008 light fixture showrooms in its US stores will be switched from incandescent bulbs to CFLs. The measure will save the company $16 million annually in energy costs.
UPDATE FROM HOME DEPOT
Some readers wondered if this program covered all fluorescents or just CFLs—the program is only for CFLs. Also, the program does indeed start today. If your local store doesn't yet know about the program, they should very shortly.