Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited has unveiled a new program to safely and easily dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Toronto Hydro is the first electric utility in Canada to offer its own on-site CFL Recycling Program. City residents can now dispose of end-of-life, unbroken CFLs at convenient Toronto Hydro Recycling Program locations free of charge, to be safely recycled by the utility.
CFLs save up to 75 per cent in electricity consumption costs and last up to five years. However, they contain a small amount of mercury that is harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. The components of the used CFL bulbs, including glass, aluminium and brass, are separated and recycled. Innovative pollution protection technologies ensure that the mercury vapour and phosphor powder in each bulb stays out of landfills. The utility will ensure that 98% of each bulb remitted to its recycling program is recycled, diverting waste and hazardous materials from landfills.
CFL Recycling Program drop-offs are in the main lobby of Toronto Hydro’s locations at 14 Carlton Street and 5800 Yonge Street, available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spent CFL bulbs should be brought to CFL Recycling Program locations in a sealed plastic bag in case of accidental breakage. All plastic bags will be recycled by Toronto Hydro.