Fluorescent Bulbs and Mercury
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Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use less energy than
incandescent bulbs and are becoming a more popular way to light up homes
and businesses in Wisconsin. However, CFLs and other fluorescent
lamps contain small amounts of mercury and these used lamps need to be
properly disposed. The US Environmental Protection Agency and the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provide useful resources for
consumers and businesses on the clean up of broken bulbs and the proper
way to dispose of used bulbs.
For further information for the clean up of broken bulbs
and the proper way to dispose of used bulbs:
and Disposal Guidelines For Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
US EPA Guidelines on:
DNR webpage on what to do with waste bulbs.
- WI DNR fact sheets for businesses on:
STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and
protect the environment through energy efficient products and
practices. Use their website to find information on energy
savings, how CFL's work, and a "buyers guide" to help you
decide what type of bulbs to buy.
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July 25, 2013