After reading the article on Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, We were concerned about how to properly dispose of them, so we called our local trash pickup service and recycler.
The trash pickup folks were a bit confused as to why we were calling, but once we explained that since they were toxic, we had concerns about their disposal, they asked if we had a lot of the bulbs to dispose of. We told them that we would have the amount of a normal household. We were then informed that there was no hazardous waste disposal in our county; just throw them in the trash so that they could be taken to the landfill.
The people we take our recycling to, who serve most of our state, also didn't really understand at first why we were bothering them, and asked if we had a lot of the bulbs (afterwards we wished we'd told them "about a ton" just to see what they said). They also informed us that we should just toss them in the trash.
It seems that interested consumers are informed about the dangers, but the waste disposal industry is entirely clueless.
Is there a state or federal agency that could be contacted? Thanks in advance for any help : )