An environmental catastrophe in the making

LightBulbRecycling.com quantifies the alarming environmental damages from compact fluorescent light bulbs:

The mercury from one fluorescent bulb can pollute 6,000 gallons of water beyond safe levels for drinking.

It only takes 1 teaspoon of mercury to contaminate a 20-acre lake FOREVER.

Each year, an estimated 600 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of in U.S. landfills amounting to 30,000 pounds of mercury waste.

If you put your used compact fluorescent light bulbs in your trash, you will make this terrible environmental problem even worse.  Depending on where you live, you may also be breaking the law.

You can buy a Compact Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Kit for $107.95 at LightBulbRecycling.com.  Or you can put your used bulb in a Ziploc bag, put the bag in a small box, and send it to Washington.  They’re the experts.  They’ll know what to do.

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2 responses to “An environmental catastrophe in the making

  1. Angus S-F

    For the $107.95 you get a pail and prepaid shipping. On the order page is this note:
    ================================
    PLEASE NOTE:

    DO NOT PLACE MORE THAN 30 BULBS IN BOX REGARDLESS OF SIZE. THE BOX IS DESIGNED TO ONLY HOLD 30 T-12 OR T-8 LAMPS.

    · If lamp breakage should occur, place broken glass and bulb constituents in MDS pouch provided and discard as hazardous waste

    · Do not store box outdoors where it can be exposed to weather

    · Do not store spent bulbs for more than one year
    ==============================
    So if you don’t burn out 30 bulbs in a year, you’ve paid $108 to recycle one or two bulbs! Plus if you break a bulb, THEY DON’T WANT IT!

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