Conserve: Recycling/Mercury Reduction

Conserve: Recycling / Mercury Reduction

Why it’s a Problem

Most of us know that fluorescent bulbs are energy efficient using about one-fourth the energy and lasting about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  That efficiency saves energy and money.  But these bulbs contain mercury which is toxic.  When broken, compacted, crushed or disposed of improperly, fluorescent bulbs release mercury into the air, water, and soil posing a significant risk to human health and the environment.

How to Help

To qualify for green step certification for this project, a school must document collections and have a plan in place to pay for recycling of F-Bulbs on an on-going basis.

 

VENDORS:

Crandall Corp
Contact:  Neil Craps
Phone:  803-791-4800 Ext 202
Toll free:  800-248-4801

Cleanlites Recycling, Inc.
Contact:  Mr. Ryan Rogers
Phone:  864-579-4800
***Several Midlands schools have used Cleanlites.

Renew Resources LLC
Contact:  Fran Rollins
Phone:  803-324-1913

COST

The price per bulb for recycling varies depending on a number of factors – how many bulbs an organization has, their location and which vendor is used.  Typically, the cost is less than $.50 per 8-foot bulb.   Summit Parkway Middle School (Richland District Two) recycled 400 bulbs their first year at a cost of $171.50.

Conserve: Recycling / Mercury Reduction Resources