With the imminent disappearance of warm old-fashioned light bulbs upon us the ACT Government has noticed that there are health issues surrounding the universal adoption of compact fluorescent lights. Particularly relating to the poisonous mercury they can release when broken.
To that end John Hargreaves has announced that the Mugga Lane and Mitchell tips are going to start taking dedicated drop offs of CFLs from the public for no charge.
- Fluorescent lights collected in the ACT will be sent to a specialist recycler of mercury-containing wastes in Victoria.
“Aluminium from lamp ends is separated for recycling, glass from the tubes and the lamps is separated and recycled into glass wool insulation, mercury is distilled from the separated powders and then re-used in the manufacture of dental amalgam, phosphor powder from the fluorescent tubes is used in the manufacture of fertiliser products.