I discovered this summer you can recycle your old fluorescent bulbs and batteries at Home Depot. As some of you dads and moms know, batteries and fluorescent bulbs are considered hazardous waste in most places. Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, and batteries contain funky metals and acids. Once the casing is broken, the dangerous materials leak out. Lead, mercury, cadmium, and other elemental metals that are disposed in landfills and incinerators do not disappear. Instead they end up in the water and soil. With incinerators, the hazardous waste ends up in air emissions and ash. Then the earth melts and there won’t be any more Disney movies.
In our area, you can’t recycle fluorescent bulbs and batteries with the regular recyclables. And the garbage company won’t recycle them for you. Before Home Depot came along, I had to give the bad stuff to people in funny suits at the hazardous waste facility on Mars (it’s really far away because no one wants hazardous waste near their home for some reason). Now thanks to Home Depot, I can recycle my fluorescent bulbs and batteries easily. Once again, dad has saved the earth for his kids. You’re welcome kids and future grandkids.