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IKEA CFL and Battery Recycling

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 3:38 am
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ikea-cfl-battery-recyclingIKEA Recycling

Most IKEA stores offer some recycling program in close association with their local community. IKEA recycling in the US and Canada generally covers paper and cardboard, plastics, and glass in addition to hazardous waste collections of compact fluorescent bulbs (also known as CFLs) and batteries.

Both compact fluorescents and batteries contain hazardous materials and should never be discarded with your household trash. Some areas mandate recycling, so be sure to check your local community guidelines and laws regarding recycling hazardous materials. Find out where to recycle CFLs and batteries after the jump!

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

ikea-sparsam-compact-fluorescent-bulbIKEA sells many low-energy compact fluorescent bulbs both with their lamps, and separately in the SPARSAM product range in the forms of low-energy compact fluorescent bulbs, tubular compact fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent reflector bulbs and fluorescent tubes that are not so much compact. The SPARSAM CFL bulbs carry a Five Year Limited Warranty – see the SPARSAM line for complete information.

According to the EPA, in the US,

over 670 million mercury-containing bulbs are discarded each year. Most of these bulbs are still discarded with municipal solid waste that is ultimately landfilled or incinerated. These disposal methods can lead to a release of elemental mercury into the environment through breakage and leakage and ultimately contaminate the food chain. These bulbs should, therefore, be recycled after they burn out. Virtually all components of a fluorescent bulb can be recycled. The metal end caps, glass tubing, mercury and phosphor powder can all be separated and reused.

Recycling Bulbs

IKEA US and IKEA Canada both offer take-back or recycling programs for recycling compact fluorescent bulbs. Be careful when dropping your bulbs into the collection containers – you don’t want to break the glass and release the mercury!

Alkaline Batteries

ikea-alkalisk-alkaline-batteryIKEA sells alkaline batteries (in addition to rechargable batteries known as LADDA). Look for the ALKALISK line for regular alkaline batteries in AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt sizes. According to the EPA,

Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools. Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed of. When incinerated, certain metals might be released into the air or can concentrate in the ash produced by the combustion process.

Although IKEA’s ALKALISK batteries do not contain mercury or cadmium, special waste handling is nonetheless required for safe disposal of batteries.

Recycling Batteries

IKEA US and IKEA Canada will accept alkaline batteries for recycling. Look for collection bins for battery recycling near the cash lanes and/or near the Swedeshop, or ask your IKEA greeter for information on where to find the drop-off.

Sources and Information on Recycling Hazardous Household Waste

For more information on recycling household hazardous waste, such as CFLs and batteries, see the following sources:

USEPA Batteries Aug. 28 2008 (Accessed Jan. 13, 2010).

USEPA Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Basic Information Dec. 1, 2009 (Accessed Jan. 13, 2010).


5 Responses to “IKEA CFL and Battery Recycling”

  1. Julie says:

    IKEA Orlando no longer takes batteries for recycling and hasn’t for some time. There is a sign posted on the recycle center stating something about new government policies regarding recycling and they no longer accept them.

  2. Amy says:

    IKEA Minnesota stopped accepting batteries due to changes in USDOT regulations.

  3. Romanian says:

    IKEA tweaks the law in Romania and they don’t recycle anything from consumers (although they claim otherwise). The collection receptacles for batteries and bulbs are a joke (just a bit bigger than a 2-liter PEPSI/Coke bottle). Some NGOs have tried to convince them, but the profits are visibly the only thing IKEA Romania cares about…

  4. dana, romania says:

    they have just started recicling batteries in ROmania and giving a set of 10 for each 20 you recycle with them:!.htm. probably because the romanian franchise was bought by IKEA Group:)
    as for CFL: they were recycled since last year and who brought 5 lightbulbs to the store, got 1 CFL in return. they are still recycling light bulbs and separately CFL’s, but not giving anything in return anymore…

  5. Marie Kocoshis says:

    What is recycled in the West Chester, OH store?? Thanks

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