There are trace amounts of mercury in a CFL, so the Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following in case of breakage:
Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes.
Carefully scoop up fragments with cardboard or paper and place in a sealable plastic bag. With gloved hands, wipe the area with a damp paper towel or disposable wipe and place in the same plastic bag.
Double bag and place in an outdoor trash can for regular disposal. (Note: some states prohibit throwing out broken CFLs with regular trash. For those in Virginia, check out the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for state household recycling standards.)
Wash your hands.
You can read more on the EPA Web site.
Increase the environmental benefits of CFLs by recycling old ones. A great resource fore recycling centers is Earth911.org.
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