Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Light Recycling

Okay, here's my public service announcement for the month, maybe even the year, so listen up:

Home Depot — my dad's favorite — is the first national chain store to start a compact fluorescent light bulb recycling program.

Customers can bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs and give them to the associate behind the returns desk. The company says the bulbs will then be "managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation, and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance."

I don't know how much this is going to cost them, but to me, this seems to make good business sense. You have to think that people who buy CFL bulbs rather than traditional light bulbs are perhaps already trying to be more environmentally conscious or are trying to save money. Giving those people an easy way to recycle them seems like a good way to lure people into your store.

(Every time I go to Home Depot, I always end up buying more than I came for. Usually plants.)

What I don't understand is why Home Depot Canada has had a similar program since last November.

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