Home Depot Inc., Atlanta, is launching a national in-store, consumer compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) recycling program at all 1,973 of its locations. Its Canadian operations launched a CFL recycling program in November 2007.

Customers can simply bring in expired, unbroken CFLs to any Home Depot and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be picked up by an environmental management company that will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance. Home Depot sold more than 75 million CFLs in 2007.

“With more than 75 percent of households located within 10 miles of a Home Depot store, this program is the first national solution to providing Americans with a convenient way to recycle CFLs,” said Ron Jarvis, the company's senior vice president, Environmental Innovation.

In addition to the CFL recycling program, The Home Depot has also launched an in-store energy conservation program to switch its lighting showrooms in U.S. stores from incandescent bulbs to CFLs by this fall. The move is expected to save $16 million annually in energy costs.

The company's internal environmental initiatives include a store recycling program for shrink wrap and mixed plastics that it says will divert 50 million pounds of waste from landfills each year and a major recycling program at its Atlanta headquarters.