Recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs for free

January 7, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 7, 2011

Most folks know not to toss compact fluorescent light bulbs into the trashcan, but recycling the curlicue-shaped bulbs can be a problem.

Now, residents can recycle the bulbs at the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, 1510 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. The district has set up a collection box in the lobby.

The recycling effort — held in conjunction with Puget Sound Energy — aims to collect 50,000 bulbs. The campaign has netted 12,000 bulbs so far. The drive does not accept linear fluorescent bulbs.

The drive comes as compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, gain popularity due to low energy use and eco-friendliness, but the bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and should not be tossed into the garbage.

The drive has multiple drop-off points throughout the Puget Sound region. Or, contact water district Conservation Specialist Janet Sailer at 392-6256, ext. 204, or janet.sailer@sammplat.wa.org to learn more.

The water district serves about 16,300 water customers and 10,100 sewer customers in parts of Issaquah, Sammamish and unincorporated King County.

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