Recycling Mercury - A Shining Success

Rhode Island Mercury Scoreboard - January 2016. Credit - ESDesign / Clean Water Action

Clean Water’s pilot program, cosponsored by the state Department of Environmental Management, involved 14  hardware stores across the Ocean State that collect burned-out compact fluorescents (CFLs) and linear tubes up to 4 feet long from their customers.

Employees pack the bulbs into pre-paid containers for shipping to NLR’s recycling facility in Connecticut. The project has kept more than 15 grams of mercury from entering our environment.

The pilot program was a major success and helped us make headway with the state legislature. To make sure we continue the momentum on bulb recycling, Clean Water is handing the program off to Rhode Island Resource Recovery.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery is bringing our 14 hardware store partners into their collection system. They are ensuring that Rhode Islanders can continue to drop off their spent bulbs for recycling close to home. We're going to keep the pressure on our elected officials to pass a statewide mercury recycling law.

For information on where you can return your bulbs, visit this page.