Alarming fluorescent bulb recycling stats, hopeful solutions

fluorescent tubes recycling - Air CycleThis article on mercury in fluorescent bulbs from Eco-Structure.com recently drew my interest. In the piece, writer Laurie Grant lays out some staggering statistics:

“Despite the recent growth of lamp recycling, 71 percent of mercury-containing lamps used by businesses and 98 percent used in homes still are not being recycled…Each year, the lighting industry uses approximately 9 tons (8.2 metric tons) of mercury in manufacturing energy-efficient lamps. Of the 514 million lamps per year that enter the solid waste stream, about 142 million come from private homes and 372 million come from businesses, the government, and institutions.” Continue reading “Alarming fluorescent bulb recycling stats, hopeful solutions”