Volume No. 4 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 183-191 July-Sept 2009

 

MERCURY POLLUTION THROUGH COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMPS : AN EYE OPENER

 

Dhirendra Singh*, Brajesh Mishra, Shivangi Saxena, Vibhuti Mishra, Preetika Gupta, Sheo P. Shukla

Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering and Technology,
Lucknow (INDIA)

 

Received on : April 30, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

This paper focuses on mercury pollution through Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs which are energy-efficient, money-saving replacements for traditional incandescent light bulbs because it consumes up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Beside this the amount of mercury contained in a CFL bulb is five milligrams. The mercury could be in the form of invisible vapors and if mercury is discharged in improper manner, it will cause serious problems related to environment. Mercury is a neurotoxin that affects the nerve cells function, and can also affects the brain, kidneys and lungs. Improperly disposed lamps are a liability; these disposed spent lamps may be held liable for contaminated waste sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The paper is intended to serve for the discussions of how to set up a CFL recycling program, also about disposal and problems scenario associated with mercury found in CFLs.

 

Keywords : Mercury pollution, CFL, Recycling, Health hazards, Disposal aspects.

 

 

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