If this is the case, why was CFL recommended in the first place?
However, readers should note that incandescent bulbs use up 5.8 mg of mercury, which is equivalent to its total mercury content of 5.8; hence, once this type of bulb is out- of-service, there is zero possibility of contamination as landfill discards.
Simply stated, consumers can just throw it away; but then, consumers should also consider the possibility of an unused incandescent bulb, accidentally breaking; it means they are also capable of contaminating a room at higher levels than the CFL.
We are therefore drawn to an understanding that all bulbs should be handled properly and carefully, although, extra diligence should be exercised in disposing of CFLs because 0.6 mg of its original 1.8 mg content remains intact inside the bulb. This much can still contaminate the atmosphere should the bulbs break while still being transported or left lying in open landfills.
The baseline is, installing either CFL or incandescent bulbs require careful handling because both types of light bulbs present dangers of mercury exposure. Accidents do happen and everyone should exercise due care whether it’s a CFL or an incandescent bulb.
· What to Do in Case of Bulb Breakage and How to Dispose CFL Bulbs?
Consumers are therefore advised to observe the disposal and clean-up guides furnished by the EPA’s Energy Star, under the publication entitled : Clean-Up and Disposal Guidelines.
For information on where to find the CFL recyclers nearest your location, visit the EPA’s webpage for “Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Collection and Recycling Programs Where You Live” or use Earth911’s online tool to find one.