lamps use less electricity than conventional incandescent lights, which
is beneficial to the environment. All fluorescent lamps, however, contain
mercury. Most compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) contain 3 to 5 mg of mercury,
with some brands, such as Earthmates, containing as little as 1 mg.
Mercury is a toxic metal associated with contamination of water, fish,
and food supplies. While compact fluorescent lamps contain low levels
of mercury, because electricity production from fossil fuel power plants
results in atmospheric emissions of mercury, reducing electricity consumption
through use of CFLs should result in a net reduction of mercury into the
environment, especially true if the CFL is kept out of the waste stream
when the lamp expires.
Products containing mercury, such as CFLs, should be disposed of in accord
with local laws and regulations and not disposed of with regular trash.
Take expired compact fluorescents to a local recycling center, your community's
hazardous waste collection event, or recycle them through a recycling
service such as Veolia ES.
Star Mercury Fact Sheet (pdf)
Additional Information: Earth911.com
Additional Information: LampRecycle.org
to Dispose of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (pdf)
Information : Maine
Compact Fluorescent Lamp Breakage Study