New recycling program begins for fluorescent lights
News from Issaquah Reporter:

Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at 130 sites throughout the state, with more being added in the months ahead.

LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular tubes), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high intensity discharge lights, which are commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.

Both individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day. Visit www.lightrecyclewa.org to find a collection sites. There are a number of sites in Issaquah and Sammamish, some taking only CFL lights only and others taking CFL, HID and traditional fluorescent tubes.

“Fluorescent lights are long-lasting and energy efficient, but they contain small amounts of toxic mercury, which needs to be recycled or properly disposed of,” said Laurie Davies, manager of Ecology’s Waste 2 Resources program. “With the launch of LightRecycle Washington, we’re making it easier to comply with the law and protect the environment.”

Since 2010, it has been illegal in Washington to dispose of mercury-containing lights in the regular garbage. This new program, funded by a 25-cent environmental handling charge…………… continues on Issaquah Reporter

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Lights out, Northwestern
News from Northwestern College Beacon News:

It’s wintertime, and even though the days are slowly getting longer, it still gets dark fairly early. When it gets dark, we turn on our lights so we can read every last word in our textbooks like good students do. For most of the students on NW campus, I’m sure that means flipping on the fluorescent box centered on their dorm room ceiling.

Don’t turn on that awful rectangle. It can hurt you.

Go back to your elementary school science class. Remember the light spectrum? Our bodies prefer full-spectrum light sources, like the sun.

Fluorescent lights, especially cool white fluorescent, are missing some of the colors on the warmer end of the light spectrum. The missing red light lets the blue light dominate, a combination which can make you lose sleep. Blue light (which is also emitted by your electronic devices) suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.

Scientists actually recommend avoiding blue light for two to three hours before you go to bed, so doing homework under your fluorescent light until you feel sleepy may not be the best idea.

Not only can your fluorescent lights contribute to your sleep deprivation, but they can affect your schoolwork as well. There have been numerous studies performed in both the UK and the US on the effect lighting has on children in school. Those results tell us that students…………… continues on Northwestern College Beacon News

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