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Recycling Committee: Proper disposal of energy-efficient light bulbs is critical

Cape Elizabeth's next Household Hazardous and E-Waste collection day is Saturday, May 14, 2011, but the Recycling Committee says, "Why wait?"

Nearby retailers accepting unbroken CFL bulbs for recycling:

Efficiency Maine Website

Nearby retailers are collecting compact-fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs as part of Maine's Residential Lighting Program. The program works closely with manufacturers and lighting retailers to encourage them to produce and sell energy-efficient lighting products.

Maine law prohibits disposal of CFLs in the waste stream. Due to small amounts of mercury in the bulb, they must be disposed of properly.

"The proper disposal of these items (CFL's) is critical, as it has an adverse impact on the emissions from our waste-to-energy facility, ecomaine," said Public Works Director Robert Malley.

A list of participating retailers accepting unbroken CFLs for recycling is available on the Efficiency Maine website - many are as close as South Portland.

Malley said the Town will be accepting CFLs along with other hazardous and electronic waste at the Recycling Center on May 14, but he and the Recycling Committee encourage Cape residents to recycle CFLs any time at other area locations.