Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Who Wants to be an Eco Depot?

Home Depot and Office Depot may not be related in the corporate sense, but they both want to help you recycle items that are often hard to (ethically) dispose of, and that's not all bad!

Home Depot Can Help you recycle your dead CFL bulbs. If you're like me, you're thinking "What! I still haven't had one burn out...isn't that the point of CFLs?!" But in any case, the bulbs can't last forever and contain small levels of mercury, which we really don't want in our landfills or drinking water. So for any of you who insisted on keeping up with the old incandescent bulbs because of mercury-in-the-landfills fear, rejoice! Now when your CFL bulbs burn out, just take them to the returns counter at your nearest Home Depot (there are nearly 2,000 in the US) and they will be "managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance"...phew! In addition, Home Depot is phasing out traditional bulbs in their lighting departments in favor of CFLs.

Office Depot is Taking Care of recycling your old electronics. This Depot has long supported recycling printer cartridges and using recycled paper, but now they also offer "Tech Recycling Services," including 3 sizes of boxes you buy ($5-15) and stuff full of accepted products like printers, monitors, cell phones, VCRs, etc which, if thrown away, would leak dangerous chemicals into the earth. Again, just bring your items in the box to any Office Depot and walk away free from eco guilt!

Now I just wonder which one will lay claim to the term Eco Depot first...maybe I should trademark it, stat! ;)

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