Myth #2: Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are “the” answer to being environmentally responsible when replacing incandescent bulbs in household light fixtures. Yes, but… Fluorescent bulbs (lamps) contain mercury. Since mercury is harmful to us and the environment, fluorescent bulbs must be disposed of properly. Minnesota law prohibits the disposal of fluorescent bulbs in household garbage.
For proper disposal of fluorescent bulbs, contact your waste management company – or go to www.earth911.com
Another option: LED (light emitting diode) lighting, which far outweigh the benefits of fluorescent lighting. LEDs have twice the lamp life and use less energy then fluorescent, and they do not contain mercury. The future technology of LED lighting will someday replace today’s standard incandescent bulb in household light fixtures.