Fluorescent lamps contain mercury. It's estimated that the some 400 million fluorescent lamps are used annually in the U.S. This is about 13,000 tons of materials disposed to landfills, including some 12 tons of mercury. Mercury is highly toxic and exposure leads to various diseases, disorders, and health problems.
The best way to prevent the release of mercury is to recycle lamps and not dispose of them in the solid waste stream. Recycling lamps captures the mercury, allowing it to be reused. Recycling also helps demonstrate your commitment to environmental best practices – proof of which is increasingly being demanded by customers and the general public.
Prepared by: The United States Enivormental Protection Agency
Prepared by: The Solid Waste Association of North America for the lamp recycling outreach project.
- Eniviromental Protection Agency
- How fluorescent bulbs work
- Cleaning up broken fluorescent bulbs
- EPA Fact Sheet
- Association of Lighting & Mercury Recyclers
- Solid Waste Association
- International Solid Waste Association
- State Specific Universal Waste Regulations
- Connections between fluorescent bulbs and mercury
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