Should you have to pay a deposit on CFLs?

Posted April 06, 2009, at 5:48 p.m.

A bill before the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee would require manufacturers

of compact fluorescent bulbs to set up and promote a statewide collection program for

burned out CFLs. The concern is that the trace amount of mercury in the bulbs will end

up in the environment if the bulbs are not properly disposed. What about a deposit

program instead, similar to the bottle and can deposit law? How high would the deposit

have to be to motivate people to return them? Would it work?