Feds May Finally Move to Regulate Mercury-Filled Light Bulb Disposal

Connector Summer 2016

Canadian lawmakers who have encouraged consumers to buy compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for years, will soon set out rules for how to dispose of them.

CFLs last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and use less electricity. But, the bulbs contain toxic mercury powder. CFLs each contain three to five milligrams of mercury powder; fluorescent tubes contain up to 12 mg.

Most CFLs currently end up in landfills, where they can shatter and release mercury.

A private member’s bill has been introduced in the House of Commons to create a national strategy for the safe disposal of CFLs. Until now, any rules for diverting the mercury-filled lights from landfills have come from a patchwork of municipal bylaws and provincial directives.

Source: SWRC / CBC News