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Recycling Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), Fluorescent Bulbs and Mercury Thermostats

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Recycling and Disposing Bulbs

Since 2009, four states, Maine, Washington, Massachusetts and Vermont have passed legislation requiring manufacturers to fund the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing products. Lamps containing mercury, including compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), save energy, but mercury is known to accumulate in fish and other aquatic organisms which can cause health problems if consumed by humans. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has a plan in place for retailers to accept fluorescent bulbs from consumers at no charge, similar to the E-waste program. More information on the effects of mercury can be found at http://www.mercvt.org/

Bulbs containing mercury cannot be disposed of with household waste. The State of Vermont has teamed up with many ACE, Do It Best, and True Value stores to offer free recycling of up to six fluorescent bulbs per visit.

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Compared to fluorescent bulbs, standard incandescent light bulbs are not energy efficient as they use heat to create light, releasing more energy than is needed to maintain the white hot filament. Fluorescent bulbs use a gas to create light, and less heat is created, wasting less energy. By requiring less energy, fluorescent bulbs and CFL’s reduce the amount of pollution from energy production, which includes the emission of mercury from coal power plants.

By keeping these bulbs out of landfills mercury stays out of the soil, air, and water reducing the possibility that mercury will accumulate in fish, wildlife, and humans. For more information on fluorescent bulbs, visit

https://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/product-stewardship/mercury/proper-disposal/lamps

Locations Accepting Fluorescent Bulbs
Name Address Phone Notes (no broken bulbs)
The Home Depot 121 N. Bennington Rd., Bennington (802) 447-9997 Compacts fluorescent bulbs only
Miles True Value 178 Chittenden Dr., Arlington (802) 375-2525
Aubuchon Hardware 1131 Depot St., Manchester Ctr. (802) 362-7000 4ft. limit on length of bulbs
R.K. Miles 691 Depot St., Manchester Ctr. (802) 362-1952
Bennington Transfer Station 904 Houghton Rd., Bennington (802) 447-8737 Residents of Bennington and Woodford
Hours: M, W, F: 8 AM to 3 PM
T, TH: 8 AM-1 PM
Sunderland Transfer Station 4561 Sunderland Hill Rd., Sunderland (802) 362-1789 Residents of Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland
Hours: M, T, Th, F: 7:30 AM-2 PM
Sat: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Northshire Transfer Station 310 Tennis Way, East Dorset (802) 447-9997 Residents of Dorset and Manchester
Hours: M-F: 8AM to 2 PM
Sat: 8AM to 12 PM
Pownal Transfer Station Maple Grove Rd., Pownal (802) 379-1470 Residents of Pownal
Hours: M, F, Sat: 8 AM to 4 PM

Recycling and Disposing Mercury Thermostats

Many of us have mercury thermostats that may need to be replaced. These thermostats contain between 2.5 and 10 grams of mercury, enough to contaminate a small lake. When they are removed, they need to be disposed of properly. They can be taken to household hazardous waste events or to one of the following retail or wholesale companies. You can also visit https://www.thermostat-recycle.org/zipsearch/ for more locations.

Locations Accepting Mercury Thermostats
F.W. WEBB CO. 240 EAST RD. BENNINGTON, VT 05201
802-447-2312
Wholesaler
GRANITE CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY 435 MORSE ROAD BENNINGTON, VT 05201
802-442-8155
Wholesaler
R. K. Miles, Inc. 618 Depot Street Manchester Center, VT 05255
802-549-5698
Retailer
Aubuchon Hardware #091, Manchester Shopping Center, Route 11 & 30, Manchester Center, VT 05255
802-362-1952
Retailer
Bennington Cooling & Heating 308 Depot Street, Bennington, VT 05201
802-442-3519
HVAC Contractor
MILES TRUE VALUE LUMBER 178 CHITTENDEN DR. ARLINGTON, VT 05250
802-375-2525
Retailer
Hayden Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 268 Benmont Ave, Bennington, VT 05201
802-442-2130
HVAC Contractor
Neighborworks of Western Vermont, 136 North Street, Bennington, VT 05201
802-440-5210
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