How should I clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp?
The EPA recommends the following cleanup and disposal guidelines for broken or burned out compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs):
Open a window and leave the room (restrict access) for at least 15 minutes.
Remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner.
Wear disposable rubber gloves, if available. Do not use your bare hands.
Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard.
Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or a disposable wet wipe.
Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces of mercury and powder.
Place all cleanup materials in a plastic bag and seal it.
California requires that you put used or broken CFLs inside 2 sealed plastic bags and remove to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. The most convenient Center for Anaheim residents is located at 1071 North Blue Gum Street located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Blue Gum Street and La Palma Avenue. For more information about the Center in Anaheim, including days of operation, operating hours, directions and a map, visit this website.
Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.
The first time you vacuum the area where the bulb was broken:
Remove the vacuum bag once done cleaning the area or empty and wipe the canister.
Put the bag and/or vacuum debris, as well as the cleaning materials, in sealed plastic bags.
Store the bag in a protected outdoor location pending removal to the Anaheim Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.