Disposing of Broken CFL Bulbs

If you break a CFL, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends you take the following steps:

  • Open a window to disperse any vapor that may escape and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  • Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag. Use disposable rubber gloves if available and do¬†not use your bare hands.
  • Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipes and place them in the plastic bag.
  • Place the plastic bag in a second sealed plastic bag and dispose of in the trash.
  • Do not use a vacuum cleaner or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
  • For carpet cleaning and additional information on CFL disposal, see the Energy Star CFL page by clicking¬†here.

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