If a CFL accidentally breaks
- Switch off any heating appliances in the room
- Ventilate and leave the room for 15-30 minutes
- Wear rubber gloves and use robust card to remove fragments
- Don't use a vacuum cleaner
- Wipe the area with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipes
- Carefully bag and seal all fragments gathered and materials used
- All cleaned up items should be disposed of at your local authority WEEE re-cycling facility
Further Information is available at www.environ.ie or www.mywaste.ie
Do CFL's contain Mercury?
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing of the lamp. Mercury is currently an essential component of CFLs and is what allows the lamp to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the CFL is intact or in use. A CFL contains a maximum of 5mg of mercury. CFL Lamps put on the market must comply with European and Irish Environmental and Health and Safety2 law.
What should I do when a CFL reaches its end of life?
Remember when installing a CFL in your home
Why should I switch to using CFLs in my home?
- electricity bill.
- carbon emissions.
Making the switch is therefore good for:
- the environment, as it helps Ireland to achieve its targets under the National Climate Change Strategy.
- your pocket