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Old 01-28-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Ontario
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I have only a couple of mercury bulbs I need to recycle at the company I work for. It seems at every website I need to pay to have them recycled. With only several bulbs it doesn't seem worth it to enroll in a recyclying program. I don't have to pay to have my electronics (old tvs computers etc) to be recycled so why are lamps different.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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I dunno, why are you paying someone?

Home Depot does it for free:

How to Dispose of Mercury Light Bulbs | eHow.com
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I had no idea that anyone charged for it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I'm sure most people just throw them away.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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I had no idea that anyone charged for it.
Part of the issue with mandating recycling is you have taken some products with value, aluminum and steel cans for example, that now cost the consumer money to dispose of.

As far as the light bulbs go everyone is looking to make a buck some how. I'm assuming you have to ship these to the recycler? LOL... I wonder how many people trying to be green did it. Certainly not very efficient.

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I'm sure most people just throw them away.
While that is probably true the big issue with mercury is that it evaporates, it's these vapors that are harmful hence the reason you should ventilate a room if you break one. A landfill may not be the most desirable place for them but at least they are contained.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Part of the issue with mandating recycling is you have taken some products with value, aluminum and steel cans for example, that now cost the consumer money to dispose of. ...
So if I lived in an urban area where recycling was done, it would be mandated?

Ouch.

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Old 01-29-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: central Indiana
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So if I lived in an urban area where recycling was done, it would be mandated?

Ouch.

Not necessarily so. Many areas have voluntary recycling. Some urban areas have home pickup of recyclable items. My community has drop off bins at various locations around town.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Ontario
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I dunno, why are you paying someone?

Home Depot does it for free:

How to Dispose of Mercury Light Bulbs | eHow.com
The problem is this isn't really a light bulb it goes on a piece of equipment. Our local Home Depot branch said they only take those 7 year lamps.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Not necessarily so. Many areas have voluntary recycling. Some urban areas have home pickup of recyclable items. My community has drop off bins at various locations around town.
Around here we have the 'backhoe' option.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I take them to the nearest nature preserve and crush them into the soil...
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