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    Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    We have a couple fluorescent tubes to get rid of. Where can you take these in the Urbandale/West Des Moines area to get rid of them?



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    i just break them and throw them in the trash



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    You can throw them in the trash as long as you break them



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    You can throw them in the trash as long as you break them over your friend's skull.

    fixed



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    The checker at Home Deport told me the last time I was buying fluorescent lights that Home Depot now recycles them.



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Trash



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    Re:Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Unless you want to breathe mercury vapor I wouldn't break them...recycle

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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0706144459.htm


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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    There's more mercury in Tuna fish than a Fluorescent light. You're fine with breaking them unless you plan on breaking a few thousand of them and inhaling all of the dust.


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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    There's more mercury in Tuna fish than a Fluorescent light. You're fine with breaking them unless you plan on breaking a few thousand of them and inhaling all of the dust.
    While the amount is small, they should still be recycled. Mercury is a potent substance. It's not a toxic cleanup event, but should still be handled with care...

    Snopes: snopes.com: CFL Mercury Light Bulbs



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    As someone that actually works in the environmental arm of the government, I would say your best bet would be a creek or a nearby ditch.

    We actually have a facility that accepts and disposes fluorescent tubes (not in DSM). I can guarantee you they aren't dumb enough to break those things open without protection and they sure as hell don't put them in the trash.



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Just don't lick the shards, and you will be fine.



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    40 year old virgin style light saber fights.


    That rug really tied the room together, did it not dude?

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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Why can't we just keep the old ones and we wouldn't need to worry about this ****?



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    40 year old virgin style light saber fights.
    A solid idea until the DNR shows up. They have a way of ruining a persons day over things like that.

    Not a fun group to deal with.



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    Re: Fluorescent tube disposal/recycling

    Quote Originally Posted by MissouriCyclone View Post
    Why can't we just keep the old ones and we wouldn't need to worry about this ****?

    These new 'long lasting' lights are burning out left and right at my house. I have been getting pretty ticked about it.



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