I also think the design of the collection bin is terrible for outdoor use. Open top calls for trouble.First everyone passing by thinks it is a bin and puts rubbish in it. Second dangers of mercury poisoning from broken light bulbs is a health and environmental hazard. Thirdly seeping mercury and who knows what other toxins from broken light bulbs mixed with rain water since the bin is unprotected. Poor, cheap with zero thought design. I guess it is better than nothing but when will we learn to read the signs, respect ourselves and the others around us, act and take charge for us and our peers.
Info on recycling lightbulbs:
Each of us can recycle the used lamp in the special recycling bins, which are mainly in shops selling lighting and electrical appliances, but also sadly outdoors. Information concerning Fotokiklosi s.a. the company in charge of light bulb recycling in Greece sponsored and authorized by the Greek Government can be found at www.fotokiklosi.gr
General precaution for lamps and lamp recycling:
The abolition of Incandescent lamps means more discharged lamps that include mercury. Mercury and its derivatives can be released in our ecosystem. So it is our responsibility to limit this possibility.
While screwing or unscrewing the Discharge lamps it is better to hold it by the plastic base and not form the glass cover.
Put the used Discharge lamps in a box and finally in the waste bin of Fotokiklosi sa.
In case the discharge lamps accidentally breaks it is important to :
- Open a window for several hours so the air can be refreshed
- While picking up wear gloves
- The small discharge lamp fragments have to be put in an air-proof bag
- The fragments have to be gathered with a scotch tape
- Don’t use a vacuum cleaner because the steam of mercury will spread all over your home and in the vacuum cleaner
- Put the secure bag in Fotokiklosi sa waste bin
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