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September 30 is Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington Day!

Christopher Fountain at For What It’s Worth has this idea for disposing of used compact fluorescent light bulbs: if voters from all over the country sent them to Washington – how about September 30th? – anonymously, we’d shut down the … Continue reading

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How much would you pay to save the planet?

Waste Management Corporation’s “EarthMate” compact fluorescent light bulbs come in a postage-paid box so you can send them back for recycling after they’ve burned out. Included is a “Mercury VaporLok” container so that there will be no mercury spill if … Continue reading

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Where to recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs

The Environmental Protection Agency has a useful page on its web site:  “Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Collection and Recycling Programs Where You Live“. Recycling programs are not available in all areas. According to the EPA: Some household hazardous waste collection … Continue reading

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Are compact fluoresecent light bulbs really cheaper?

Proponents of compact fluorescent light bulbs claim they’re cheaper than incandescent light bubs, even though they cost more.  “The energy savings over the life of the bulb will more than make up for the expensive purchase price,” is the typical … Continue reading

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America is still oblivious to light bulb dangers

Awareness of the dangers from compact fluorescent light bulbs isn’t what it should be.  How should people dispose of these dangerous light bulbs?  This issue recently came before a committee of the Aiken County Council in South Carolina, according to … Continue reading

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Recycling won’t stop health dangers from light bulbs

According to Inhabitat.com, compact fluorescent light bulbs are a very serious health hazard: Mercury from energy production and broken CFL bulbs seeps into soil and water and usually ends up in the bodies of fish. Animals or people who then … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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