I asked at the local Lowes store for the proper way to dispose of the
tubes. After all, they used the tubes in their store and I bought mine
from them to start with. Everybody I spoke to just kind of shrugged.
Nobody had a clue how to properly dispose of them. So I did what I'm
sure they did. I tossed them in a dumpster.
If you're worried about nasties leeching into the water supply, don't.
Municipal solid waste pits are sealed to prevent such a thing. If the
sealing breaks down, there would be a much bigger problem than that
contributed by your florescent bulbs.
see how many pieces you can make them into as you javelin them into the
dumpster. At least that's what i've done with the last forty seven
thousand i've replaced.
remove the "not" from my address to email
The "tree huggers" are in love with the flouresence lamps. They have
convinced themselves that the mercury in the lamps is as nothing compared to
the mercury released burning the coal needed to generate the extra
electricity need by "conventional" lighting.
When the LED lamps get established I suspect "they" will start giving more
consideration to the disposal of the Fl lamps.
When I lived in a high rise condo, I was told to just drop them down the
trash chute. I lived on the 12th floor so it was over 100' to the
I did a "back of the envelope" calculation on the mercury saved from being
emitted from power stations compared to that used in CFL lamps. Based upon
50% coal power generation in the US, the amount of mercury used was in the
Right. According to "The True Believer":
"A mass movement can exist without a god, but it will always fail without a
devil. A mass movement must have something to hate."
With CFLs, the Greens have the best of both worlds: They can hate the
Mercury OR the coal.
Being in the Oh Bomb Us years, you need to call the government,
immediately. They will send out crews of highly armed men, in moon
suits. They will take the tubes away, for environmental disposal. And
then send you a bill for about five thousand dollars, payable in net
30 days. Copy of the report to Al Gore.
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