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Light bulb moment
July 08, 2014, 05:00 AM

Editor,

I recently went through the ordeal of recycling a single CFL bulb. You cannot toss them in the trash because of mercury toxicity. Well, then I don’t want them around my house (I am bound to hit it or drop it and then I get the toxicity).

In my town, the local hardware and light store have ceased taking them. I can pay a dollar and drop them off at a for-profit recycling center or make an ordeal out of going all the way to Lowe’s. It’s one bulb!

Our garbage collectors want to send out a huge package of containers for everything and schedule a pickup. To get them to pickup, a single bulb requires actually doing an email back and forth, requiring many days and way too much energy. The phone did not get me to anyone who could honestly help.

They did finally pick up my bulb.

We need a viable solution to disposal of these toxic things. We can tape a bag of our batteries to the top of our recycling cans. But these things are too toxic.

When these things were forced on us, I cannot believe they were unaware of this dilemma. I guess there is just too much money in making everyone buy new bulbs. And guess what? Surprise, they do not perform as advertised. They were sold as being at their theoretically best but manufactured as normal junk.

Please, “powers that be,” fix this before I just trash these things like everyone else.

Michael Woody

Burlingame

 

 

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