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Local Retailers Begin Compact Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

News from the City of Fort Collins

Through a partnership with Platte River Power Authority discounted compact fluoroscent (CFL) products are now available year-round through several Fort Collins retail stores. In addition to the year-round incentives, Platte River is collaborating with four of the participating retailers to provide free and convenient recycling drop-off sites for burned out or broken CFL bulbs.

The discounted prices on a variety of ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs began April 1, and recycling bins are now available in participating stores. "As the popularity of CFL bulbs has increased, so has customer awareness regarding responsible disposal options," said Energy Services Specialist Adam Perry with Platte River. "While the amount of mercury in a CFL bulb is quite small-about the size as the period at the end of this sentence-program sponsors know every effort helps and strongly encourage customers to recycle burned out bulbs. The four new drop-off locations, in addition to the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the landfill, make it much easier to do so."

Fort Collins Utilities encourages customers to increase their use of CFL bulbs in an effort to meet the goals of the Electric Energy Supply Policy. The lighting program incentives are funded by Platte River, and a similar program is offered through municipal utilities in Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park.

Special prices on CFL bulbs are valid only while supplies last. Product selection, pricing and purchase limits vary from store to store.

For more information, call Fort Collins Utilities at (970) 221-6700, or visit

Participating CFL Retailers and Residential Recycling Drop-Off Locations in Fort Collins:
  • Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (CFL recycling, not a retail store)
  • Clay's Ace Hardware (CFL recycling available), 1001 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins
  • Downtown Ace Hardware (CFL recycling available), 215 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
  • Drake Hardware & Lumber (CFL recycling available), 2160 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins
  • Home Depot North, 1251 E. Magnolia Rd., Fort Collins
  • Home Depot South, 4502 John F Kennedy Pkwy., Fort Collins
  • The Light Center (CFL recycling available), 2725 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
  • Sam's Club, 4700 Boardwalk Dr., Fort Collins

Also, Waste Management, Inc. recently announced a mail-in program for recycling CFLs and batteries.

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