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  • Compact fluorescent bulbs use 75% less electricity than a standard incandescent bulb and last 8-10 times longer.


    CFL's in turn allows the average consumer to save approximately $35 - $60 over the life of the bulb.

    CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should be disposed of properly, ideally recycled. Burned out CFL's cannot be disposed of in your regular trash because of their hazardous mercury content. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has more information on CFL's here.

    Rather, spent CFL's should be wrapped in old news print and placed in a small zip lock bag and brought to the local CFL drop off site at:

    Ziegler Ace Hardware
    (Heritage Plaza)
    806 Army Trail Rd.
    Carol Stream, IL. 60188
    (630) 213-3400
    Store Hours
    M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sun.: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Click here to learn how to recycle your CFL's at Home Depot

    What to Do if a Fluorescent Light Bulb Breaks

    Fluorescent light bulbs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. EPA recommends the following clean-up and disposal guidelines:

    1. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.

    2. Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag.
    • Use disposable rubber gloves, if available (i.e., do not use bare hands). Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the plastic bag.
    • Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.

    3. Place all cleanup materials in a second sealed plastic bag.
    • Place the first bag in a second sealed plastic bag and put it in the outdoor trash container or in another outdoor protected area for the next normal trash disposal.
    Note: Some states prohibit such trash disposal and require that broken and unbroken lamps be taken to a local recycling center. Find a recycler of CFL's here.
    • Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.

    4. If a fluorescent bulb breaks on a rug or carpet:
    • First, remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner, following the steps above. Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.
    • If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag or vacuum debris in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.

    Please call the Village of Carol Stream Administration Department at (630)871-6250 if you have any questions or want more information, or email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Home Energy Conservation Compact Fluorescent Bulbs


    500 North Gary Avenue | Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 | Phone: (630) 665-7050 | TDD: (630) 668-5785 | Fax: (630) 665-1064