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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
Pismo Beach True Value Hardware & Nursery
California Valley:
California Valley Community Services District San Luis Obispo:
Albertson's
  Anchor Lighting
Cambria: Aquartic Adventures
Cambria Hardware Bed Bath & Beyond
Cookie Crock Market Best Buy
Costco
Cuesta Equipment
Cayucos: Dollar Tree Store
Cayucos Sanitary District Farris Lighting & Electric
Food 4 Less
Glow Illuminating Designs
Grover Beach: Hayward Lumber
Miner's Ace Hardware Home Depot
South County Sanitary Long's Drug Stores
The Animal Kingdom Pacific Home & Garden
Von's Ralphs Grocery
Rite Aid
San Luis Garbage Co.
Los Osos: Sears
Miner's Ace Hardware Smart & Final
Ralph's Grocery Spencer's Fresh Markets
Rite Aid Staples
Von's 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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