World powers are trying to convince us that CFL bulbs are the ‘green’ alternative and companies like GE are trying to get us to buy into their propaganda. Their goal is a CFL in every home, in every room in every country. They are not looking at what it takes to recycle and dispose of what is considered Toxic Hazardous Waste once they burn out. But that has always been GE’s MO. They have never been a company who looks at the consequences of their actions and are involved in hundreds of lawsuits for polluting waters all over the world. (Google ‘Superfund sites’ and you’ll see what they’re up to).
We’re hoping Americans will be the country to take a stand and refuse to bring these dangerous and inefficient products into their homes. Take a look at what’s needed just to cleanup a broken bulb. By the way, if one breaks on a rug, the EPA says you have to cut that part of the rug out. If it breaks on bedding or clothing, that must be discarded as washing it will pollute the runoff water and potentially poison your neighbors.
For disposal, gather the following supplies: • Disposable gloves • Flashlight • Duct tape or other sticky tape • 2 index cards or stiff pieces of paper • Zip-lock bags • Damp paper towels or rags • Portable window fan They are hazardous: CFLs contain mercury Mercury forms a damaging vapor that you can inhale. 1. Keep infants, small children, pregnant women, and pets out of the room where the bulb broke. 2. If you are pregnant, do not do the clean-up yourself. Find someone to do the clean-up for you. 3. Turn off forced hot air heat, central air conditioners, and fans. 4. Open windows to allow fresh air in. 5. Leave the room for at least 15 minutes to allow the room to air out before beginning clean-up. Vapors can cause brain damage and seizures among other things. These bulbs are bombs and having them in your home is a dangerous prospect. If you dispose of them in the trash you are potentially exposing your recycling guys to danger. If you don't have a toxic waste dump nearby you can take them to Home Depot if one is close. Having to drive these bulbs some place for disposal is about as un-green as it gets. But if you casually toss 'just one or two' into the trash, each will contaminate 6000 gallons of groundwater.