Here’s some unsettling news from South Africa, via Independent Online:
Each compact flurorescent lightbulb (CFL) contains between 5mg and 30mg of highly toxic mercury which makes them an environmental hazard when they are dumped. Currently there is no recycling plant for CFLs in South Africa, where about 20 million of the bulbs have been installed nationally.
South Africans should send their used compact fluorescent light bulbs to Cape Town (their legislative capital) or Pretoria (their executive capital). I’m sure there are experts there who will know what to do.
If you go to South Africa, don’t drink the water!