By Theresa Sullivan Barger
CT Health I-Team
Wethersfield resident Patrice Gilbert knew that compact fluorescent bulbs contained mercury, so as they burned out, she put them aside until she could find out where to properly dispose of them.
One day, she accidentally knocked one off the counter and it broke. “I scooped that broken one up, put the other three in a paper bag, put that in a plastic bag and put it in my recycling bin,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do with them.”
Gilbert’s action is typical. Nationally, only an estimated two percent of household CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) are recycled properly, the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers says. In Connecticut, only four percent of households participate in hazardous waste collection days – where mercury-containing CFLs, thermostats and thermometers should be recycled.
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