Small kerfuffle today. My dad had a burned out Compact Fluorescent Light bulb. He asked, "Can I just throw this in the garbage?" Heh.
NO!!! These light bulbs cannot just be put in the garbage can. If they break, it's a mini hazmat disaster.
I went online and found a recycling event happening about eight miles away near the end of the month. So, he can take the light bulb and dispose of it "safely" there.
When his small stock of CFL's expire (they're dying a lot faster than the advertised 5 year life span), he will be back to the safe and easy, throw it in the garbage style of light bulb. Whew!
For now, we're stockpiling the old incandescents while they're still legal to buy, but hoping new legislation will lift the ban.