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!”Explore posts in the same categories: Environ-mental-ism