Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

Everyone is told that these bulbs are a great energy saving alternative to incandescent light bulbs. They are. They can use up to 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and we are encouraged to use them.

So what’s “the rest of the story?”

The bulbs contain a small amount of mercury (about 5 mg), which is a HAZARDOUS COMPOUND.
The same product that helps them energy efficient also makes them a UNIVERSAL WASTE when it’s time for disposal.

CFLs can’t go in the trash!!!
They have to go to a Household Hazardous Waste facility. How about that!

I wonder about all the sprays and creams and products we’ve used over the years.

Perhaps there is plenty of reason to understand the number of cancer patients – and other maladies that have come up in this 21st century!

2 Responses to “Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)”

  1. Tammy Says:

    My Dad told me this several weeks ago. He also said that if one of these bulbs break, you have to call a hazardous clean up crew. I thought he was yanking my chain but he really wasn’t. I hope they come up with a better way of saving energy because we actually use these bulbs all over our house. Thanks for the info.

  2. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Thanks for YOUR information about the hazardous clean up crew! I had no idea about how
    to get rid of them other than call the city. What a . We “the people” try our hardest to do
    what we can, but something like this comes up and you wonder, JUST WHAT ELSE DON’T WE
    KNOW.

    Thanks for your input!

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