IKEA will recycle your CFLs

IKEACompact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are low energy efficient light bulbs that you probably already use in every lamp in your home. At least I hope you do, if not shame on you.

As we all also know CFLs have one bad side. They contain small amounts of mercury. These small amounts are not dangerous for you, but in vast amounts they are. That’s why it’s sad that there isn’t a global or major plan to recycle the broken and old CFLs.

But maybe that is starting to change? IKEA recently announced that they will, in USA, offer free recycling of any CFL that walks through its door, even if the CFL hasn’t been bought in one of the many IKEA stores.

It’s a great initiative from IKEA that hopefully other companies around the world will follow.

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Simon Leufstedt
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