Did you know that it is illegal in Florida to throw away nickel-cadmium or lead-acid batteries? Florida tries very hard to ensure that our precious minerals are not wasted, but are instead recycled whenever possible. Since Florida has made so many efforts to preserve our resources, you should take advantage of these efforts! Every county in Florida has at least one Household Hazardous Waste recycling facility, which you can find at this map: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/electronics/pages/televisions.htm

Batteries come in many different shapes and sizes and certain types of batteries must be recycled in different ways. Read the label on the battery first. If it’s an alkaline or a non-rechargeable lithium battery, put it in with your trash. Any other type of battery can be recycled by taking it to certain retailers, such as most home improvement stores or electronics sellers, or to your county’s Household Hazardous Waste recycler.

Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), contain mercury. This is a substance which should be recycled due to its toxicity to human health. Unbroken fluorescent bulbs can be taken to any Household Hazardous Waste recycling facility, as well as selected home improvement retailers.

Used electronics can be recycled in a variety of ways. If the electronic item still works, consider donating it to a local charity for continued use. (Make sure you remove your personal data first!) If it no longer works, you can usually take it back to where you bought it and they will recycle it for you. Of course, your county Household Hazardous Waste recycling facility will also take any used electronics.