Pennsylvania launches campaign to improve fluorescent
To help spur the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs,
or CFLs, and make it easier for the public to recycle the bulbs, the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing
receptacles to municipalities, small businesses and community organizations
across the state hoping the experience will lead participants to continue
with their own programs.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs sales have increased nationwide, but
some consumers are hesitant to purchase the energy efficient bulbs because
they are not sure how to dispose of them properly. Pennsylvania encourages
consumers to recycle CFLs whenever possible, and in order to make recycling
more convenient and accessible, DEP has launched a recycling campaign
in partnership with local governments across the state.
The department is partnering with 43 counties, townships, environmental
groups and small businesses statewide in setting up CFL collection programs.
More than 110 containers were purchased from Pennsylvania firms AERC
Recycling, based in Allentown, and Hellertown, Northampton County-based,
Bethlehem Apparatus Company. Both companies shipped the receptacles directly
to the participants for use in conjunction with Earth Day and other hazardous
household waste collection events.
The AERC containers will hold 100-150 bulbs, and the Bethlehem Apparatus
containers will hold slightly less than 100.
Once the containers are filled, participants will ship the receptacles
back to AERC or Bethlehem Apparatus for the physical recycling.
DEP invited counties, municipal governments, environmental groups and
other organizations to host CFL recycling containers in publicly accessible
buildings. To recycle a bulb, a consumer simply needs to hand it over
to a trained employee, who slides it into the container.