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Monday, June 30, 2008 - 11:11 AM MST
Home Depot offers recycling drop for energy-saving light bulbs
Phoenix Business Journal - from the Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Home Depot Inc. has started a program to help people recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs at its stores in Arizona and throughout the U.S.

The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer’s Canada division began a similar program in November 2007. The new program at the company’s 1,973 U.S. is the first one made widely available by a retailer, Home Depot said.

Customers can bring in any expired, unbroken compact fluorescent light bulbs, and give them to a store associate at the returns desk. The bulbs will be turned over to an environmental management company for recycling.

“With more than 75 percent of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store, this program is the first national solution to providing Americans with a convenient way to recycle CFLs,” said Ron Jarvis, senior vice president of environmental innovation for Home Depot.

In a related move, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) also announced it will switch from incandescent bulbs to CFLs for the light fixture showrooms in U.S. stores by fall 2008. The move will save $16 million a year in energy costs.

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