OSC Recycling & Sustainability Service Group

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Recycling CFL Bulbs in Colombo

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Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) were introduced with much hype because of their energy efficiency and longer lives. Unfortunately, they are produced using a variety of dangerous elements including mercury. If they are not recycled properly, they can be hazardous to human health. The mercury in them is the most significant concern. Here in Sri Lanka I have seen old CFLs in rubbish bins and amongst smoldering fires of mixed household waste!

Thankfully there are options to recycle CFLs here in Sri Lanka. In fact Sri lanka was the first country in South Asia to set up a CFL recycling program. The Orange company has an innovative program to recycle CFLS. They collect in many lighting and electrical shops around Colombo. At our local level, consumers can take their used bulbs down to Mr. Gunatilaka. He has been taking bulbs that the RS/TTS program collects on the OSC campus.

Location of CFL recycling options + the scrap dealer who buys paper and cardboard.

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REFERENCES & FURTHER READING

Bandara, Hansani. “The CFL bulb: A double edged sword.” Sunday Times. 25 March 2012. Web.

“Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.” Wikipedia. (a fascinating account of their origins, design and technical aspects). Web.

“Sri Lanka becomes first country in South Asia to recycle compact fluorescent lamps.” EcoBuisness. 12 August 2015. Web.

 

 

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Written by recycling1011

2017-10-21 at 9:12 AM

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