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BWL partners with local retailers to recycle CFL bulbs

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9/1/2009 10:00:00 AM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light today expanded its commitment to energy consumers and the environment by launching a free, in-store compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program in partnership with nearly 20 retailers.

“In the past, the BWL has accepted non-working CFLs at our Customer Service Center, and will continue to do so,” said General Manager J. Peter Lark. “This new partnership expands our efforts by making CFL recycling more convenient for our customers. Additionally, retailers should benefit from increased store traffic, which potentially provides a boost to the Lansing-area economy. Last but not least, turning in spent CFLs for proper recycling is good for the environment. This is a win-win-win for our community.”

At each participating store, customers can simply bring in spent, unbroken CFL bulbs and turn them in to a store associate. Stores will ship the bulbs in approved shipping containers to an environmental service company, where the CFLs will be recycled in accordance with environmental regulations.

Like all fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs contain small amounts of mercury (an average of four milligrams per bulb, about equal in size to the tip of a ball-point pen). It’s what makes the bulbs so energy efficient. Because CFLs contain mercury, it’s important that they not be discarded in the trash. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that consumers take advantage of local recycling options to dispose of CFLs.

The BWL encourages everyone to switch from standard incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient CFLs, which use 75 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light. According to the EPA, if every American home replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than three million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

A single, ENERGY STAR® rated CFL can pay for itself in six months, and save the consumer $30 over its lifetime. Most CFLs last 6,000 to 10,000 hours, compared to just 1,000 hours for incandescent bulbs.

Below is a list of area retailers participating in the CFL recycling program. The BWL, Michigan’s largest public utility, will maintain a list of participating retailers on its Web site at www.lbwl.com. Also, visit the BWL Web site for more information about ways to become more energy-efficient. For more information about our CFL recycling program, visit a participating retailer near you or contact the BWL at 517-702-6006.

BWL Hometown Energy SaversSM CFL Recycling sites

ACO Hardware Good Deals Computers and Equipment
600 Frandor Ave. 1406 W. Saginaw St.
Lansing, MI 48912 Lansing, MI 48915
ACO Hardware Hazen Lumber
921 W Holmes Rd. #300 2829 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48910 Lansing, MI 48915
Lansing Board of Water & Light Moosejaw Mountaineering
Customer Service Center 555 E. Grand Ave.
1232 Haco Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823
Lansing, MI 48901  

Capitol Lighting 4988 Northwind Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823

Carter Lumber 16700 S U.S. 27 Lansing, MI 48906

Darling Builder Supply 1600 Turner St. Lansing, MI 48906

East Lansing Food Co-op 4960 Northwind Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823

Everybody Reads 2019 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912

Foster Library 200 N. Foster Ave. Lansing, MI 48912

Gilbert's True Value Hardware 12900 S U.S. 27 Suite 11 DeWitt, MI 48820 Office Furniture Outlet 1910 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912

Pet Supplies Plus 6030 S. Pennsylvania Ave. # 1 Lansing, MI 48911

Pro-Build 3527 S. Creyts Rd. Lansing, MI 48917

Scavenger Hunt Eco 317 E. Grand River Lansing, MI 48906

Standard Electric 773 N. Larch St. Lansing, MI 48906

WF Bohnet 2918 N. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906

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