UK: Garbage Collectors Refusing to Pick Up Bins Containing CFL Bulbs

Hey, we’re saving the environment!  So, why would anyone have a problem with that???  /sarcasm:

‘We will not pick up toxic new bulbs’: Councils say energy-saving lights are too dangerous for binmen

Councils across the UK are refusing to pick up low-energy lightbulbs from homes as they contain toxic mercury, which gives off poisonous vapours.

But confused consumers are putting the new bulbs – classed as hazardous waste – in their dustbins when they burn out, potentially putting the safety of thousands of binmen at risk.

Previously, the public disposed of traditional lightbulbs, used in Britain for 120 years, in a domestic bin.

However, they are being phased out under a European Union ruling and are being replaced with energy-saving bulbs, many of which contain mercury.

Last night UNISON, the union which represents thousands of rubbish collectors across Britain, said it was concerned at the risks binmen are facing.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We are worried as most people do not know these bulbs are not to be put in dustbins. The Government is not doing enough to make people aware of the risks.’

Idiots!  The problem isn’t that the public is unaware that CFL’s shouldn’t be thrown out with the garbage, the problem is that it’s too much of a hassle to call up a hazmat team just to dispose of them.

The most common types of low-energy bulbs are known as ‘compact fluorescent lamps’.

A study by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency found that when one of them breaks, it emits levels of toxic vapour up to 20 times higher than the safe guideline limit for an indoor area.

If a bulb is smashed, the UK’s Health Protection Agency advice is for householders to evacuate the room and leave it to ventilate for 15 minutes.

People are also advised to wear protective gloves while wiping the area of the break with a damp cloth and picking up fragments of glass – which should be placed in a plastic bag and sealed.

The advice then states the lightbulb should be taken to a council dump and placed in a special recycling bank because councils do not collect hazardous waste.


Can you imagine the feedback loop this creates for environmentalists?:  “Let me see now…  Waste gas and add more greenhouse gasses to the environment because I have to drive across town to find some stupid recycling bank just to dump off one freakin’ broken CFL…  Or, just dump it in the wastebasket where it will wind up in a landfill and pollute the rivers and lakes…  or…  Waste gas and add more greenhouse gasses…  ACK!  I can’t handle it!  Boom!”

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5 Comments on “UK: Garbage Collectors Refusing to Pick Up Bins Containing CFL Bulbs”

  1. memaw Says:

    Do you kind of think our government who endorses the CFL’s are in actuality trying to kill off its people? After all, there probably are many that do not know or believe the danger involved in these bulbs, and don’t think anything about picking up one that breaks instead of taking precautions… but then again how many of us have hazmat suits or whatever it is they call them to put on before cleaning up the breakage???

    • tgusa Says:

      Have you seen the instructions for cleaning up the mess on a carpeted room? What a bunch of baloney. You will never get that stuff out completely. Many people won’t even bother to clean it up so anywhere could be a potential contamination zone. Oh and once you are done not completely cleaning up the mess don’t forget to dis[pose of the tools you used. Man, what a bunch of dummies.

      If you get angry make sure you don’t hurl a CFL at someone as that could be considered a WMD attack.

    • MeMaw asks: “Do you kind of think our government who endorses the CFL’s are in actuality trying to kill off its people? “

      It’s not so much about killing off its people as is about reducing the number of children born. Mercury exposure causes an increased risk of spontaneous abortions. Our government is well aware of that fact as they have conducted studies which clearly show a link between mercury exposure and spontaneous abortions:

      Click to access brjindmed00030-0015.pdf

      Considering that many in Obama’s inner circle—like John Holdren [CLICK HERE]—have advocated forced mass sterilizations and that the majority of EnvironMENTALists (who are pushing for the CFL’s) are of the same accord, I would say that this is yet another plan to reduce the population. Really. Think about it; It’s a two-for-one deal for the EnvironMENTALists: They get to reduce electrical consumption while decreasing the population at the same time! How can any EnvironMENTAList say no to that!?!

      Of course, population control is all about culling the human herd to a manageable level in preparation for a Communist, One World Utopia.

      This has been the plan for many years. Here’s an article found in “The American Mercury” from August 1937 in which H.L. Mencken (yet another great admirer of Fabian Socialist and eugenist, George Bernard Shaw) argues for sterilization of the middle and lower classes in order to bring about a Utopian society. (Hmm… Is it just coincidence that we are talking about the effects of mercury on reproduction, and the name of the publication which H.L. Mencken co-founded is, “The American Mercury?” Kind of eerie, in a way).

      Anyway, that’s why the EnvironMENTALists aren’t screaming bloody murder over all the mercury contained in CFL’s.


      • Ben Says:

        Have you read any of H.L. Mencken’s works. Other than the one that you have posted. He is a satirical writer that likes to make fun of American people. He lived in a period called the “Lost Generation” since many American writers and artist would moved to Europe because they had a greater cultural and artistic history than America. They media posed him this question of why did he stay when so many other lefts.

        Q: If you find so much that is unworthy of reverence in the United States, then why do you live here?

        A: Why do men go to zoos?

        He is never serious in his works and just likes to screw around with everyone because people like you would believe him.

        • Ben,


          Well, you have very adroitly rationalized the entire affair to your own satisfaction. However, your deductions are based on complete fallacies.

          Yeah, I know that H.L. Mencken was of the Oscar Wilde tradition and often wrote satirically. I also know that he personally opposed eugenics and that there were other articles in the American Mercury which made the case against eugenics quite logically and clearly. Sheesh. As if no one but you knows anything about anything!

          Ben, did you actually read and understand what I wrote or are you just another Lefturd moron flinging crap at a Monkey Trial?

          I have to ask this because, my point was not whether H.L. Mencken was a true proponent of eugenics or not, but rather that the eugenics debate in America goes back scores of years.

          Did you miss that basic point in your fatuously precipitative Criticism of Criticism of Criticism?

          By the way, it is no great secret that H.L. Mencken was at first a great admirer of George Bernard Shaw. However, Mencken eventually became disenchanted with Shaw over his (Shaw’s) racist and eugenicist visions of Utopia.

          Interesting that you can grasp the satire within H.L. Mencken’s work, but you fail to recognize anyone else’s.

          The fact that I was linking to an H.L. Mencken article should have been a clue that there was a modicum of intellectual humor at work in that section…

          I blame your education, not you. The universities told you that Mencken was a satirist, but then they failed to teach you critical thinking when confronted by the writings of another author you’ve never heard of. You know, someone who likes to insert intellectual nuggets into his/her writings, knowing that only a lucky few will actually catch and/or comprehend the full magnitude of what is said…

          See? You almost sussed out the deeper meaning behind my mention of Mencken and Shaw in the same breath while replying to MeMaw, but then your Libtarded public education betrayed you—causing you to miss even the most basic point completely.

          Better luck next time.


          P.S. – For your own edification, the deeper meaning that I was hinting at was that H.L. Mencken appears to be writing as if he were actually George Bernard Shaw defending eugenics. Hence, my comment was an indictment of Shaw, not Mencken. However, like I said, I don’t blame you, I blame the Libtarded Centers of Higher Indoctrination for not teaching you critical thinking.

          Sheesh. I really hate having to explain myself all the time. It kind of takes the fun out of writing. Nevertheless, since you almost had it sussed out—and I see some future potential in you—I figured I’d spend a little time to help you reach a higher plane of thought.

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