“CFLs an environmental problem”

This piece of news announced in Swedish press and TV makes me really worried about our future, as it supercedes even my worst fears:

SvD 21 november 2011

Every year 200 000 CFLs are wrongly thrown into glass recycling bins, according to an analysis by Swedish Glassrecycling (SGÅ). This means a health risk for those who work with recycling and a risk that the environmental toxin is spreads in the natural environment, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

The motive for replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs was to save electricity and thereby save the environment, but environmental expert Minna Gillberg condemns the drive for CFLs as “absurd”.

This means a risk not just to recycling workers but actually to everyone. Especially when the recycling bins are indoors, since mercury vaporises at room temperature and contaminates the surrounding area pretty much permanently.

And note: This is happening in SWEDEN  – where we have extremely well organised recycling practices and pride ourselves on being informed, consciensious and spearheading environmental awareness! If even we can’t do it, then again I shudder to imagine what happens to CFLs in poorer countries where many may not even be literate, much less care what happens to their burned-out lamps, or know what to do if they did.

The CFL is a toxic product that should never have been allowed on the market! 

Earlier posts about the mercury in CFLs:

https://greenwashinglamps.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/3c-cfl-analysis-recycling/

https://greenwashinglamps.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/mercury/

https://greenwashinglamps.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/mercury-problem/

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6 Comments

  1. peterdub said,

    November 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

    🙂
    welcome back!
    yes, saw that article too
    re mercury and CFLs http://ceolas.net/#li19x

  2. November 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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  3. peterdub said,

    November 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Seen this?
    på svenska, sammanfattning av lamp-reglerna
    http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:076:0003:01:SV:HTML

  4. lighthouse said,

    November 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Även LED lamporna…

    Hälso och miljöproblem (bly och arsenik mm)
    enligt omfattande California studie
    (University of California, involverande flera fakultet) nyligen

    http://ceolas.net/#li20ledax med referenser

    “Consumers should be aware of the potential harm from contaminants
    found in LED bulbs:
    Toxins like lead and arsenic are linked to various cancers, brain
    damage, hypertension, skin rashes, and other illnesses.
    “Measures that could be put in place may be to wear personal safety
    protection when cleaning up a broken LED bulb, whether at home, or
    with a cleanup crew at a traffic accident.
    Under today’s law, LEDs are disposed of in typical landfills and are
    not classified as toxic, but the researchers are hoping that their
    study will change that.

    The diodes (LEDs) are widely hailed as safer than compact fluorescent bulbs, which contain dangerous mercury.
    But, as Oladele Ogunseitan, chair of UC Irvine’s Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention said,
    they weren’t properly tested for potential environmental health
    impacts before being marketed as the preferred alternative to
    inefficient incandescent bulbs, now being phased out under California
    law.”

  5. November 21, 2012 at 4:21 am

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  6. November 21, 2012 at 4:40 am

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