Ameren announces program for fluorescent bulb recycling

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 11:47 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — AmerenUE is making it easier for customers to safely recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs.

The St. Louis-based utility has announced a free program for disposing of used compact fluorescent bulbs.

Mid-Missouri places to recycle fluorescent bulbs

  • Westlake ACE Hardware, Columbia, 1900 Business Loop 70 E.
  • Westlake ACE Hardware, Columbia, 1910 W. Worley St.
  • Westlake ACE Hardware, Mexico, 700 E. Jackson St.
  • Westlake ACE Hardware, Moberly, 1905 N. Morley St.

Ameren says its customers may bring used bulbs — even broken ones if they're in sealed plastic bags — to one of more than 50 authorized locations in its territory. Those include Ace Hardware stores and the City of St. Peters. More sites will be added.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that fluorescent bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. But they contain mercury, which makes disposing them complicated.

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