News & Public Notices
Safely dispose of compact fluorescent bulbs
January 20, 2014 -
Residents: compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs contain mercury, which makes them hazardous waste and means they should never be thrown in the garbage.
"These are the longer-lasting, energy-efficient light bulbs that are to become standard in households. The less efficient incandescent bulbs are now being phased out," says Derek Ochej, Public Education Coordinator.
Safely dispose of burned-out CFL bulbs by bringing them to:
- the Kingston Area Recycling Centre administrative office at 196 Lappan's Lane; or
- local retailers who have agreed to receive them as part of the Recycling Council of Ontario's Take Back the Light program. The list of participating retailers is expected to grow. Check www.CityofKingston.ca/hhw for the latest listing.*
The Kingston Area Recycling Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kingston Fire & Rescue would also like to remind residents that regular CFL bulbs should not be used with dimmers are not designed for use with regular CFL bulbs and can pose a fire hazard.
Don't know where it goes? www.CityofKingston.ca/wastelookup
*This news release has been altered since it was distributed to remove reference to a retailer that no longer takes CFL light-bulbs.
Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.