Is the mercury in fluorescent globes bad for the environment and my family?



  • Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) lists mercury as the most hazardous metal because it is highly toxic to humans and the environment
  • the average fluorescent globe contains approximately 15 mg of mercury. High quality bulbs tend to contain lower levels of mercury than some of the cheaper less reliable brands.


Mercury and Humans:

  • the risk of mercury contamination from a broken globe to a human is considered extremely low

  • proper disposal of globes is essential to your health and the environment


Mercury and the environment:

  • disposing of fluorescent globes in your regular garbage bin means they are destined for a landfill bad move!

  • broken fluorescent lights leak mercury into the soil

  • fluorescent globes are said to be the largest source of mercury contamination in landfill

  • each year Australians use approximately 50 to 60 million fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps. We recycle less than 1% of our globes, that means that every year approximately10,000 tonnes of mercury is dumped into landfill

  • Australia is said to be 40 years behind the rest of the world as it is illegal in America, Japan, New Zealand and many Asian nations to dump fluorescent lights into landfill

  • Globe Jockeys have made a concerted effort to recycle every single fluorescent globe since 2006




Have you seen these other FAQ?

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•  Can Globe Jockeys repair and replace lights at high levels?

•  Do you need an electrician to change a light globe?

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•  What are the different shapes of fluorescent light globes and their uses?

•  Can you use a dimmer with fluorescent globes?

•  What fluorescent light is right for my mood?

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•  Are fluorescent light globes better for the environment or incandescent globes?

•  How should I clean up broken or spent fluorescent lamps?

•  Are fluorescent globes more expensive?

•  What part of fluorescent globes are actually recycled?

•  How are fluorescent globes recycled?

•  What types of globes can be recycled?

•  What should I do with spent fluorescent globes?

•  What is the Australian Government doing about recycling fluorescent globes?

•  What is the cause of flickering light?

 
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