Hmm..I didn't know that!
I usually take fluorescents to the hazardous waste disposal site in
our little city, along with other things that might contain
mercury or other goodies, and electronic waste.
Our local site, however, doesn't take medical waste, so when I was
taking shots for a medical condition, I had to dispose of the
needles at another site.
I thought the fire dept. would accept them, but the captain told me
they only accept needles & such from operations **they** have
conducted, involving addict emergencies, etc.
I just leave them out by the street on household/yard trash day and they
disappear. Teh only thing they haven't taken was a (not so) old dish washer.
Had to pay the $5 bribe down at city hall before they'd pick that up.
Your blood is far more dangerous than an addict's, I presume.
I suspect they are serious. I've seen signs in the back doors of
stores at a mall near me, it's illegal, there, to put fluorescent
tubes in the dumpsters. They are actually recycled for the mercury
A. Trying to extract five milligrams of Mercury from almost anything is
B. Commercial florescent lamps have been around since before WWII. Each bulb
contains upwards of 10 milligrams of Mercury. A lot of bulbs have been put
in landfills in sixty years.
We chemically process a lot of things. Make them more hazzardous.
Extracting lead from the ground chemicals comes to mind. I'm not sure
how mercury exists in the environment. Oxide, or sulfide, or something
like that. we separate it out of the compound.
One particular thought I had years back...how much asbestos is in the
environment around intersections?
For a great many years brake pads and shoes were made (and some still
are) of the stuff!
Have never heard of a study or report!
And Mercury-vapor lamps probably contain more! Point is, the lamps have been
discarded in less than EPA-approved methods for over fifty years and no one
can point to a SINGLE deleterious result. Not one.
Some FISH diets contain more Mercury than that from a florescent bulb.
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