June 25, 2008

The Home Depot Launches CFL Bulb Recycling Program

The Home Depot, a home improvement retailer, has expanded its long-term commitment to the environment and sustainability by launching an in-store, consumer compact fluorescent light bulb recycling program at all 1,973 of its locations across the US.

The company said that this free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the US and reportedly offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal. The Home Depot Canada launched a compact fluorescent light (CFL) recycling program in November 2007.

At each The Home Depot store, customers can bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance, the company said.

In addition to the CFL recycling program, The Home Depot said that it has also launched an in-store energy conservation program to switch light fixture showrooms in the US stores from incandescent bulbs to CFLs by fall 2008 and save $16 million annually in energy costs.

Ron Jarvis, senior vice president of environmental innovation, said: "The CFL recycling program is another example of how The Home Depot is empowering customers to help make a difference in their own homes, and have less of an impact on the environment. With more than 75% of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store, this program is the first national solution to providing Americans with a convenient way to recycle CFLs."