CFL / Thermometer Recycling

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb
The Buffalo Grove Health Department along with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) is sponsoring a Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb (CFL) recycling program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends the use of CFLs in order to minimize energy use and help provide for a cleaner environment.

Generally, each CFL contains a small amount (5 mg) of mercury. The CFL recycling program was designed to help ensure the environmentally safe recycling of these bulbs and to remove this potential mercury contamination from the waste stream.

Mercury Thermometer Exchange
The Buffalo Grove Health Department along with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) is sponsoring a Mercury Thermometer Exchange / Recycling Program. Bring in your mercury containing thermometers, thermostats and wall switches and receive a mercury-free thermometer in exchange.

The Thermometer Exchange / Recycling Program can help to promote the environmentally safe recycling of these mercury containing products and to remove this potential mercury contamination from the waste stream.

Where to Recycle
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs and mercury thermometers can be dropped off 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at:
Buffalo Grove Health Department 
Village Hall 
50 Raupp Blvd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 

Any questions can be directed to the Health Department at 847-459-2530.

Mercury Risks
Mercury poses many health risks to humans, especially young children and animals. Mercury containing products should be replaced with safer alternatives whenever possible and mercury containing products should be disposed of properly or recycled if possible.