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

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