CLEANLIFE® LED lighting products are designed to replace traditional fluorescent lamps. For every standard fluorescent lamp improperly disposed into our waste system, 20 milligrams of mercury is exposed into our environment.
Since 1 gram of mercury is enough to contaminate a 2-acre pond, then it would take only 50 lamps to cause potentially hazardous contamination. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 800 million lamps are produced each year. Therefore, there is enough mercury in those lamps to contaminate 20 million acres of water. Why is this a concern? Extensive scientific research has shown that mercury is harmful to both humans and wildlife.
Mercury is not only hazardous for our environment and the wildlife, but it is also toxic to the human nervous system. Chronic breathing of mercury vapors can cause a range of physical symptoms, including inability to coordinate body movement and impairment of hearing, speech and vision. Exposure to mercury in other forms can lead to skin rashes and kidney damage. Mercury can also cause neurological damage to unborn children and has been linked to ADD. According to estimates, 85,000 U.S. women of childbearing age in a given year have been exposed to elevated methylmercury levels sufficient to affect the brain development of their babies. (Reported by the National Wildlife Federation).
CLEANLIFE® LED lamps are made out of 100% recyclable components, do not contain mercury, and are glass-free. Unlike several of our competitors, we do not support the promotion of CFL, fluorescent, HID, or other mercury containing light bulbs. With that being said, we also understand the importance of educating our customers on how to properly dispose of CFL and other fluorescent lamps before converting to our LED lighting products.
Please consider these suggestions below when disposing of your fluorescent and/or CFL lamps.
- Earth911 Recycling Directory is the most accurate and comprehensive directory of its kind and contains recycling information for over 300 materials. Earth 911 has collected over 1 million ways to recycle that people can search for to find their nearest recycling options and resources. Earth 911 also has a toll-free, bilingual 1-800-CLEAN-UP environmental hotline and a free mobile application, iRecycle®. Please visit earth911.com to find a recycling program near you.
- Management and disposal by businesses of fluorescent light bulbs and other mercury-containing bulbs are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Universal Waste Rule (UWR) and Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations. Please visit the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) website for more information and tips on how to properly dispose fluorescent light bulbs.