Re: CFL Bulbs...



On Mon, 04 Jan 2010 16:39:08 -0800, Mark Littleguy
<Mark.Littleguy@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:




On 1/4/10 4:17 PM, in article Xns9CF6BA26F5ED1VeebleFetzer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,
"Bert Hyman" <bert@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

In news:uhs4k5hpb2n1ldta98p2pgh6mps5ogb57h@xxxxxxx Buzz
<buzzard99@xxxxxxx> wrote:

What about the neurotoxins (mercury) that people, especially garbage
workers, are exposed to when these are thrown in the trash?

Simple: It's illegal to throw them away.

I did not know this. Where are you suppose to put them?

Here's some info on how to deal with a broken one...

How should I clean up a broken fluorescent bulb?
Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, EPA recommends the
following clean-up and disposal guidelines:
1. Before Clean-up: Air Out the Room
? Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk
through the breakage area on their way out.
? Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
? Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if
you have one.
2. Clean-Up Steps for Hard Surfaces
? Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or
cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a
canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
? Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small
glass pieces and powder.
? Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes.
Place towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.
? Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard
surfaces.
3. Clean-up Steps for Carpeting or Rug:
? Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with
metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
? Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small
glass fragments and powder.
? If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed,
vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
? Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the
bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.
4. Clean-up Steps for Clothing, Bedding, etc.:
? If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken
glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick
to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away. Do not
wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments in the
clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage.
? You can, however, wash clothing or other materials that have been
exposed to the mercury vapor from a broken CFL, such as the clothing
you are wearing when you cleaned up the broken CFL, as long as that
clothing has not come into direct contact with the materials from the
broken bulb.
? If shoes come into direct contact with broken glass or
mercury-containing powder from the bulb, wipe them off with damp paper
towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels or wipes in a glass
jar or plastic bag for disposal.
5. Disposal of Clean-up Materials
? Immediately place all clean-up materials outdoors in a trash
container or protected area for the next normal trash pickup.
? Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags
containing clean-up materials.
? Check with your local or state government about disposal
requirements in your specific area. Some states do not allow such
trash disposal. Instead, they require that broken and unbroken
mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a local recycling center.
6. Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Air Out the Room During and
After Vacuuming
? The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air
heating/air conditioning system and open a window before vacuuming.
? Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the
window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf

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