Compact Fluorescents Cheaper?
Mckinleyville's Susan Morton takes issue this morning with the claim that Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs cost a lot of money. A subject of interest to me since we recently addressed on this blog a proposal in the state legislature to ban incandescent light bulbs.
Not only that but, coincidence of coincidences, I actually had to replace the CFL I had in the ceiling of my garage the other day. Not sure how long that bulb had been up there but it could well have been four or five years.
I bought a two pack of CFLs at the Henderson Center Rite- Aid a few days ago for around $10.00, after all was said and done. I guess I got a raw deal as that's quite a bit more expensive than the prices Susan cites.
Then, what do I do with the burned out CFL I replaced? As I mentioned earlier here, I used to just toss them in the trash, not knowing until recently they contained mercury and were considered hazardous waste.
I hadn't thought further on the actual mechanics of getting rid of the old CFLs until I had this burned out one to deal with. I didn't think too much about it and figured maybe the recycling center at Eureka City Garbage might accept them. Then again, I didn't remember ever seeing any receptacles there labeled for fluorescent lights.
As I drove into City Garbage, it struck me when I noticed the Hazardous Waste sign at the entrance. They have a small sheet metal building where they accept hazardous waste. I figured that was where it would probably need to go.
Nonetheless, I went ahead and asked the recycling guy if they accepted CFLs. He said, of course, "hazardous waste", pointing to the hazardous waste building.
The hazardous waste building was closed, as I'd already noticed. I made a point of pulling up close to it as I was leaving to read the sign on the front of it. Among other things it said hazardous waste was only accepted on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. No mention of any costs involved.
I tucked my tail between my legs and took my little light bulb home with me. I guess I'll have to remember to take it down there some time when I'm dumping green waste.
Boy, all that for a silly little light bulb?