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FLUORESCENT TUBES & COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS (CFLs)

Press Release - For Immediate Release
June 26, 2007, San Luis Obispo County
BY: Bill Worrell, IWMA

The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) announces the implementation of the "SLO Take Back Program" for household batteries, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).  Nearly every retailer throughout San Luis Obispo County who sells household batteries or fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) will now take those items back from the public for freeConsumers who want to shop green can now safely and easily recycle these products.

More than 300 local businesses are providing this free service to the public.  Participants range from national chain stores such as Costco and Kmart to local stores such as Farris Lighting.  Nearly every retailer who sells either batteries, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in San Luis Obispo County is participating.  A complete list of businesses where you can safely recycle these items appears below. 

Participating in the "SLO Take Back Program" is free, easy and there is no limit to the number of batteries, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) you can drop off.  Bring your household batteries, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) to any of the participating retail stores during regular store hours.  You can either put the items in a special collection container or give them to a store employee.  This is an ongoing, free service provided to the public.  Small businesses in San Luis Obispo County can also participate but must call (800) 400-0811 to make an appointment.

The household batteries should be fully discharged.  Lithium batteries should have tape placed on the metal contacts.  Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) should not be broken and should be carefully placed in the collection containers to prevent breakage.

Household batteries, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) are considered hazardous because they contain mercury.  It's illegal to throw away these items in your garbage or recycling can, or to dispose of them at a landfill.  You can be confident that disposing of these items at the "SLO Take Back Program" locations will mean the items will be sent off to be properly managed which includes recovering the mercury.

The "SLO Take Back Program" is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

June 26, 2007


S.L.O. Take Back Program

Locations to Dispose of Fluorescent Tubes and
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

 

Arroyo Grande: Oceano:
Brisco's True Value Hardware Oceano Community Services District
CD Pet Garden & Emporium
Dollar Tree Stores
KMart Paso Robles:
Long's Drug Stores Albertson's
Miner's Ace Hardware Blake's True Value Home Center
Office Max Central Wholesale Electrical Distributors
Rite Aid Cuesta Equipment
Spencer's Fresh Markets Dollar Tree Store
Sweet Harvest Hydroponics
and Organics
Food 4 Less
Wal-Mart Hayward Lumber
Wet Pets Heritage Ranch Community Services District
Long's Drug Stores
Lowe's
Atascadero: Orchard Supply
Dollar Tree Paso Electric
Food 4 Less Paso Robles Waste Disposal
Grocery Discount Center Rite Aid
Home Depot Staples
KMart Target
Long's Drug Stores The Pet Department
McNamara Electric Wal-Mart
Miner's Ace Hardware
Office Depot
Rite Aid Pismo Beach:
Staples Long's Drug Stores
Von's Rite Aid
Walgreen Drug The Animal Kingdom
  Orchard Supply
 
California Valley:
California Valley Community Services District San Luis Obispo:
Anchor Lighting
  Aquartic Adventures
Cambria: Bed Bath & Beyond
Cambria Hardware Best Buy
Cookie Crock Market Costco
Cuesta Equipment
Dollar Tree Store
Cayucos: Farris Lighting & Electric
Cayucos Sanitary District Food 4 Less
Glow Illuminating Designs
Hayward Lumber
Grover Beach: Home Depot
Miner's Ace Hardware Long's Drug Stores
South County Sanitary Pacific Home & Garden
The Animal Kingdom Ralphs Grocery
Von's Rite Aid
  San Luis Garbage Co.
  Sears
Los Osos: Smart & Final
Miner's Ace Hardware Spencer's Fresh Markets
Ralph's Grocery Staples
Rite Aid Tropics
  Valley View Lighting
  Von's
Morro Bay:
Albertson's
City of Morro Bay San Miguel:
Dollar Tree San Miguel Community Services District
Main Lighting - Stollmeyer's
Miner's Ace Hardware
Spencer's Templeton:
Von's Hewitt Hardware
Templeton Community Services District
Weyrick Lumber
Nipomo:
Long's Drug Stores
Miner's
Nipomo Ace Hardware
Nipomo Community Services District
Von's
 
 
 
 
 
 

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