There are free drop-offs in Eau Claire County when your "spiral bulbs", known as compact flourescent lamps, do go out.
True Value, 128 Lincoln Street
Best Buy, 4090 Commonwealth Avenue
Big Lots, 3004 E. Hamilton Avenue
FS Appliance, 3805 Oakwood Mall Drive
Gordy's County Market, 2717 Birch Street
Guyer's Building Supply, 2950 Mall Drive
Nysven's Maytag, 1744 Brackett Avenue
Parr's Hardware, 2618 Moholt Drive
Pinehurst Hardware Hank, 3031 N. Hastings Way
Sam's Club, 4001 Gateway Drive
Sears, 4720 Golf Road
ShopKo, 955 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire Ace Hardware, 2618 Birch Street
Thompson's True Value, 319 E. Clairemont Avenue
Over the last decade, CFLs have become a common choice. The spiral bulbs do cost a bit more than conventional light bulbs but can often last for years. A common benchmark is 8,000 hours.
However, trace amounts of mercury are also contained within the CFLs, making careful recycling important. Focus On Energy, a private/public partnership within Wisconsin, is working with the 14 stores in the county for proper recycling.
Dunn County information:
A Bright Idea; Free Compact Fluorescent Bulb Recycling!
Compact fluorescent bulbs can be recycled for free at the Dunn County Transfer Station and Recycling Center and at all Dunn County Area Collection Stations.