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CFL Bulb Recycling Protocol

Blue Planet & Sust `aina ble Molokai News Release

Over the past two years, Molokai residents who have participated in the “Go Green and Carbon Clean” program organized by Blue Planet Foundation and Sust `aina ble Molokai have been benefiting from the energy savings of highly efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, which use 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs.

HELLOMOTOIDENThe nearly 40,000 bulbs installed in Molokai homes today represent an important first step in moving the island toward energy self-sufficiency. The project’s success was made possible by the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, businesses, and community leaders.

Blue Planet Foundation and Sust `aina ble Molokai want to ensure that the community is aware of the proper usage and disposal recommendations for CFLs. Using the appropriate bulb for each light fixture can help extend the bulb’s lifetime. There are different bulbs to fit table and floor lamps, ceiling fans, outdoor lights, track lighting, and other fixtures. Choose the right bulb with an online CFL picker from Hawaii Energy, the conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties.

Since Molokai has yet to adopt a permanent CFL recycling program, Sust `aina ble Molokai in partnership with Hawaii Energy has set up a temporary recycling station at Sust `aina ble Molokai’s Ho`olehua office. Each CFL bulb that is collected will be shipped off-island and properly recycled. Residents can also bring burnt out bulbs to the Sust `aina ble Molokai booth at the Mitchell Pau`ole Community Center on Earth Day, April 19.

For further information, contact Sust `aina ble Molokai at 808-560-5410 or info@sustainablemolokai.org.


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