CFL Information & Recycling
Holy Cross Energy can recycle your Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. Holy Cross has compact fluorescent light bulb recycling bins at our Glenwood Springs, Cooley Mesa / Gypsum, and Avon district offices and at Alpine Bank locations.
About Mercury in CFL Bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain a very small amount of mercury, averaging 5 milligrams or less. This amount would fit on the tip of a pen, and is 100 times less than the amount found in the average home thermometer. Recycling CFLs is better for the environment as mercury in landfills can contaminate water supplies.
Not familiar with the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), here are a few general guidelines to follow:
- CFLs thrive in a “continuous operating” environment. Avoid installations where the bulb is repeatedly turned “on” and “off.”
- Install a CFL in a fixture that is on for two or more hours per day. A front porch light, operating from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, is an ideal application.
- Avoid installing a standard CFL in a fixture controlled by either a: 1) dimmer; 2) three-way switch: or 3) photocell or movement sensor device. A wide variety of bulbs are available for special uses; however, be sure to ask if the bulb you are considering is appropriate for the desired application.
- Using a permanent marker, write the date installed on the ceramic or plastic base of the CFL. This is a fun way to remind you of the longevity of the CFL.
- CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury and should be disposed of properly. Used CFLs can be recycled at either Holy Cross Energy office location or at Alpine Banks located within the HCE service territory.
Are CFL's safe to use?
YES! No mercury is released when you use a CFL bulb. The longer a bulb is in use, the less mercury vapor is left within the bulb at the time of disposal. If you break a bulb, immediately open windows to ventilate the room. Do not vacuum the broken bulb pieces. Use a broom and dustpan to sweep up larger pieces, wipe area with a wet paper towel, and dispose in a plastic bag. Use rubber gloves to avoid glass shards and any possible contact with mercury.
Good for the environment?
YES! CFLs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and CFLs last up to 10 times longer. Using CFLs is one of the most economical ways to reduce your energy consumption and carbon emissions. One bulb can save you $5 per year. Switch out 10 bulbs and save $50 per year. To save the most, start with bulbs in areas of your home where you use lights often and for long periods of time. CFL's are ideal for hard to get to locations because they last 6 to 10 years. Don't wait, start saving now!
Please recycle CFLs
Recycling helps keep harmful contaminants out of the environment. To recycle CFLs, bring them to any Holy Cross office, Home Depot, or to a participating Alpine Bank location (listed below).
Alpine Bank locations participating in CFL recycling program:
- Aspen Airport Business Center
- Glenwood Springs
- New Castle
- South Rifle
- Snowmass Village
- West Glenwood