Q: Do I need to recycle my fluorescent lamps?
A: YES! All fluorescent lamps contain mercury. Mercury is a hazardous substance that when released to the environment can contribute to neurological impairment in child development. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers mercury a persistent bio-accumulative toxic substance. Proper recycling of fluorescent lamps prevents mercury from being released to the environment.
Q: What about compact fluorescent lamps“ do I need to recycle them also?
A: YES! Compact fluorescent lamps also contain mercury. While fluorescent lights are energy saving and their use is encouraged, they provide a unique threat to the environment when disposed of improperly.
Q: Is there a law that requires fluorescent lamp recycling?
A: YES! There are many laws, regulations, and legal liability issues that require lamps to be recycled.