UAE experts warn of the dangers of recycling flourescent lightbulbs
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ABU DHABI // Some types of energy-efficient lightbulbs can cause damage to the environment if thrown out and not recycled, experts say.

They say the public should be made aware of this before incandescent lights are phased out this summer.

Imports of traditional lightbulbs will be banned from July. By the end of the year, incandescent lights should no longer be available in shops.

Expected to cut about 940,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, equal to taking 165,000 cars off the road, the move could have unintended, harmful effects on the environment.

Among the efficient technologies that will be allowed are halogen bulbs, Leds (light-emitting diodes) and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs contain small amounts of toxic mercury.

While they are perfectly safe in daily use, problems can occur when they have expired, said Martin Valentine, a lighting expert at Abu Dhabi Municipality.

If the lights are disposed of in regular rubbish it can allow mercury, lead, cadmium and other substances to escape into the environment.

“CFLs are safe when they are intact but they are very fragile,” said Mr Valentine, from the UK. “They should be disposed of correctly. They should be recycled and never thrown in the bin.

“If you put them in landfills, the milligrams of mercury become grams of mercury and…………… continues on The National

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Warning not to throw out new light bulbs
News from The National:

ABU DHABI // Some types of energy-efficient lightbulbs can cause damage to the environment if thrown out and not recycled, experts say.

They say the public should be made aware of this before incandescent lights are phased out this summer.

Imports of traditional lightbulbs will be banned from July. By the end of the year, incandescent lights should no longer be available in shops.

Expected to cut about 940,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, equal to taking 165,000 cars off the road, the move could have unintended, harmful effects on the environment.

Among the efficient technologies that will be allowed are halogen bulbs, Leds (light-emitting diodes) and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs contain small amounts of toxic mercury.

While they are perfectly safe in daily use, problems can occur when they have expired, said Martin Valentine, a lighting expert at Abu Dhabi Municipality.

If the lights are disposed of in regular rubbish it can allow mercury, lead, cadmium and other substances to escape into the environment.

“CFLs are safe when they are intact but they are very fragile,” said Mr Valentine, from the UK. “They should be disposed of correctly. They should be recycled and never thrown in the bin.

“If you put them in landfills, the milligrams of mercury become grams of mercury and…………… continues on The National

… Read the full article