CFL’s Are Getting Attention, Not All Good

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I came across this at the MSNBC web site. The author seems quite surprised at the negatives to this “great idea”. Looking at this cleanup list, it might be easier to just move out.

How to clean up a fluorescent bulb

Before cleanup: Vent the room
1. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
2. Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.

Cleanup steps for hard surfaces
3. Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
4. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
5. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag.
6. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.

Cleanup steps for carpeting or rug
3. Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
4. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
5. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
6. Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.

Disposal of cleanup materials
7. Immediately place all cleanup materials outside the building in a trash container or outdoor protected area for the next normal trash.
8. Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing cleanup materials.
9. Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states prohibit such trash disposal and require that broken and unbroken lamps be taken to a recycling center.

Future cleaning of carpeting or rug
10. For at least the next few times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window prior to vacuuming.
11. Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

More about Alex Johnson’s surprise HERE

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7 Responses

  1. This seems like it would be more common place at a HAZMAT waste site than at a home!

    I’m curious if traditional light bulbs have such strict clean-up instructions too…

  2. As I’ve said before, I’ve been using fluorescent bulbs and fixtures for years. No problems.

  3. With a traditional bulb your biggest worry is a cut.

    The problem with CFL’s is they put the cart before the horse. Just as in the supposed global warming crisis, the cures are looking a lot worse than the problems.

  4. Fluorescent lighting fixtures have been used for YEARS in schools, hospitals, and businesses. The only place they weren’t commonly used until recently has been in lamps.

  5. Hi Swamps! We’ve actually got three table lamps that are sun lamps and we have no problem. The light is great for reading. But the kitchen and dining rooms are on dimmers, and I just don’t want to conform anyway. As for disposal, I’d just toss em like everything else.

  6. And I don’t Want my house to be lit up like a school or hospital. Haven’t really liked my time at either one. 🙂

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