As earlier reported in December 2011 on the Freedom Light Bulb blog,
and no doubt predictable for readers of this blog,
it seems some politicians are actually waking up to the issues of dumped CFLs and mercury release… rather belatedly.
In America, how long after a ban takes effect before a similar outcry is heard?
In a series of articles over the past week,
the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet has uncovered the large scale ongoing dumping of fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and the dangers of released mercury that goes with it.
One article reports on the “acute crisis” commenting by the environment minister Lena Ek,
another article on how Mina Gillberg, former advisor to EU environment commmisioner Margot Wallström at the time of the EU launching a CFL switchover policy, is now regretting the consequences of the decision.
A good more detailed review by Kevan at SaveTheBulb.org
Also covering this news, in English:
Greenwashing Lamps, including linked past statistics
If environmentally conscious, environmentally lauded Sweden is having “a crisis”,
a country with dutiful citizens who normally with great diligence
recycle all kinds of products in well organized community and government programs
(I have lived there)
— then what is happening in more populous less organized countries?