Mercury Policy Project

Promoting policies to eliminate mercury use and reduce mercury exposure

Green Lighting

Creating a better world includes finding solutions that work to address multiple issues.  Using fluorescent lighting reduces greenhouse gas emissions, mercury and other pollutants coming from fossil-fuel fired power plants.  To work, these lamps need mercury.  Currently, the end-of-life for most household fluorescent lamps is through landfilling or incineration. 

Links provided highlight the National Green Lighting campaign’s efforts to extend responsibility for all mercury-containing lighting by providing convenient, comprehensive and sustainable end-of-life solutions; as well as reducing toxicity, improving lighting quality and increasing efficiency/longevity of all lamps sold.  

Reports

Shedding Light on Mercury Risks from CFL Breakage, Prepared by Edward Groth, PhD, For The Mercury Policy Project, February 2008.

The report recommends that sensitive populations should take extra precautions to reduce risks associated with CFL breakage, but says that CFLs generally can and should still be used in everyone’s homes until a nontoxic light bulb becomes available. The report also recommends the adoption of more comprehensive environmental and human health guidelines by decision makers that, in addition to energy-efficiency, address other concerns.

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Links

Partners

1.Sierra Club, Information on CFLsGuidelines for Selecting, Distributing and Recycling Environmentally-Preferable Light Bulbs During Mass Giveaways

2.National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

3.Green Purchasing Network (website forthcoming)

4.Product Policy Institute

5.INFORM 

6.Product Stewardship Institute, Fluorescent Lighting

Federal Programs

1.EPA/DOE Energy StarCompact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

State Programs

1.Consortium on Energy Efficiency, Members, Lighting

2.Wisconsin Focus on Energy, CFL Recycling 

3.Dane County, Wisconsin 

4.Minnesota Pollution Control AgencyFluorescent and HID Lamp Recycling

5.Washington Department of EcologyMercury-containing Light Bulbs/Lamps

6.King County Take it Back Network, Snohomish County Take it Back Network, Washington

7.Massachusetts

8.Maine

9.California

10.  Vermont 

Retail Take-back Programs

1.US EPA

2.Home Depot

Recyclers

1.NEMA List of Recyclers

2.Earth 911

3.Veolia

4.Waste Management

5.Sylvania

Lamp Manufacturers and Associations

1.ALMR

2.NEMA

3.Philips

4.Sylvania

5.GE