Monroe County residents can bring their unbroken bulbs to the Waste Authority for proper disposal.
Please avoid throwing CFLs into your regular waste bin!
HOW TO CLEAN UP A BROKEN CFL
- Before Cleanup
- Have people and pets leave the room
- Air out the room for five to 10 minutes by opening a window or door
- Shut off any forced-air heating and cooling systems
- Collect the following materials to clean up the broken bulb: Stiff paper or cardboard, sticky tape, damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes, and an airtight container, such as a glass jar with a metal lid or a resealable plastic bag
- During Cleanup
- Do not vacuum. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken, as doing so may spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor
- Thoroughly scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder
- Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag
- Place cleanup materials in a sealable container
- After Cleanup
- Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including any vacuum cleaner bags used, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
- Use Earth911 or another resource to track down a recycling solution near you to dispose of the broken bulb. Avoid throwing CFLs into your regular waste bin.
- If weather and other conditions allow, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating and air conditioning system shut off for several hours
This information was provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Please chick here for detailed cleanup instructions.