I confess that as kids, my friends and I loved to come across fluorescent light tubes that someone had thrown in the trash. We’d take them into the alley and toss them in the air. We enjoyed the lovely pop they made as they exploded on the ground, blissfully unaware of the toxic mercury and God knows what other poisons we were releasing.
We know better now, of course. We as a society no longer blithely dump fluorescent lights in the garbage, where they end up in landfill. But as energy conservation has expanded the use of fluorescent lighting products into our homes, efforts to recycle them remain spotty. A significant number of fluorescent lights – perhaps one in two if Statistics Canada’s figures are right – get tossed in the garbage.
Federal regulations initiated the phasing out of traditional incandescent bulbs in favour of more efficient fluorescent and LED lights, which use a fraction of the electricity and last longer.
At the time, the Conservative government was expected toRead More »from Energy-friendly but toxic: Compact fluorescent light bulbs pose a recycling dilemma