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CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 5 milligrams – about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury. It would take 100 CFLs to equal that amount.
Mercury currently is an essential component of CFLs and is what allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. Many manufacturers have taken significant steps to reduce mercury used in their fluorescent lighting products. In fact, the average amount of mercury in a CFL is anticipated to drop by the end of 2007 thanks to technology advances and a commitment from members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
Like paint, batteries, thermostats, and other hazardous household items, CFLs should be disposed of properly. Do not throw CFLs away in your household garbage. Household hazardous wastes in Jacksonville cannot be collected curbside. JEA customers who live outside of Duval, St. Johns and Clay counties should contact their local municipal solid waste agency for CFL recycling information. Remember: CFLs should not be disposed of in an incinerator.
NOTE: ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs have a two-year warranty. If the bulb fails within the warranty period, return it to your retailer.
In Duval County:
City of Jacksonville Household Hazardous Waste Facility2675 Commonwealth Ave. (904) 387-8847 Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 8AM-5PM Closed Sunday and Monday Note: To report illegal dumping of household hazardous waste, please call 665-8025.
In St. John’s County:
The Tillman Ridge Facility 3005 Allen Nease Rd. Elkton, Florida (904) 827-6980 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 7AM-6PM Saturday & Sunday from 7AM-4PM
Palm Valley Fire Station 130 Canal Boulevard Hours of Operation: Every Tuesday from 9AM-12PM
Crescent Beach Fire Station 5865 A1A South Hours of Operation: Every Wednesday from 9 AM-12 PM
Switzerland Fire Station 1120 Sheffield Road Hours of Operation: Every Thursday from 9 AM-12 PM
Or recycle at one of the Community Collection Days (CCD) events. You can access the schedule by calling (904) 827-6980 or by clicking here to visit their website. http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/BCC/Solid_Waste/events.aspx
In Clay County:
The Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Center Rosemary Hill SWMF 3545 Rosemary Hill Road Green Cove Spring (904) 284-6374 or (904) 269-6374 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an effective, accessible change every American can make right now to reduce energy use at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill. Changing to CFLs costs little upfront and provides a quick return on investment.
If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, in one year it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars.
here to read what Consumer Reports says about CFL safety.
Mercury is an element (Hg
on the periodic table) found naturally in the environment. Mercury emissions in
the air can come from both natural and man-made sources. Coal-fired power plants
are the largest man-made source because mercury that naturally exists in coal is
released into the air when coal is burned to make electricity. Coal-fired power
generation accounts for roughly 40 percent of the mercury emissions in the U.S.
EPA is implementing policies to reduce airborne mercury emissions. Under
regulations EPA issued in 2005, mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants
will drop by nearly 70 percent by 2018.
For more information on all
sources of mercury, visit http://www.epa.gov/mercury.
CFLs are made of glass and can break if dropped or
roughly handled. Be careful when removing the bulb from its packaging,
installing it, or replacing it. Always screw and unscrew the lamp by its base
(not the glass), and never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket. If a
CFL breaks in your home, follow the clean-up recommendations below. Used CFLs
should be disposed of properly (see below).