Mercury threat from fluorescents prompts call for recycling laws

April 2007
Ecos;Apr/May2007, Issue 136, p5
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The article reports on the plan of the Australian government which is to phase out incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to reduce global warming. Although the move has been welcomed as an important initiative for environmental protection, concern has been raised that discarded fluorescent lights bring a new environmental problem because of its high level of poisonous mercury. Anne Prince, Australian Council of Recyclers chief executive officer (CEO), says the move to fluorescent lights without corresponding legislation governing their disposal is an ecological disaster in the making.


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