Home Depot to the CFL Rescue

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Recent talk about energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs containing marginal amounts of toxic mercury has left some people concerned and a little annoyed. After all, not everyone enjoys a trip to their city’s neighborhood toxic waste dump.

But according to a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the national home improvement chain Home Depot has just announced that it will now offer CFL recycling in all of its 1,973 U.S. stores. Unbroken, expired bulbs can be dropped off at any Home Depot return counter, where they will then be turned over to a local environmental management company.

Call it another corporate green PR move, but with 75 percent of U.S. households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot, it certainly is convenient.

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