(...) it seems that there really aren't many options other than to throw (compact fluorescent bulbs) in the trash. I'm certainly not going to park a light bulb on my passenger seat and drive it to some as yet unknown location to dispose of it. Not with the price of gas these days.
I contacted the city of Spokane solid waste management and they don't seem to have much interest in them either. They told me they don't accept them as a "recyclable" item and they treat them as trash. If we're going to be preached to about all the great benefits to our environment and energy usage by switching to CFL bulbs, the least someone could do is offer a simple way to dispose of these items once they are no longer serviceable.
The article he must have seen, written by Ken Paulman in April, says, "like all fluorescent lights, they contain mercury. ... environmental advocates say the bulbs should be treated as hazardous waste and recycled.
"Where to take them: The bulbs can be dropped off for free at any Spokane County transfer station. Some recycling companies will accept the bulbs for a fee."
Have you run into any problems when you were trying to be a responsible citizen and recycle?