We warned our readers about CFL bulbs more than four years ago. According to a new report by CTV, 90% of these mercury-containing bulbs are ending up in landfills and leaking mercury into the environment. The government is now scrambling for a way to fix this.
Personally, I got rid of almost all my CFL bulbs a few years ago and stocked up on incandescents. Saving a few cents isn’t worth the hassle. Read the government’s instructions on how you’re supposed to clean up if one of those bulbs breaks. It happened to me once and it was a 3-hour nightmare to clean up the mess. Never again.
The government tries to reassure us that these bulbs are safe, but when you read the extensive cleaning instructions, you can’t help but wonder how unsafe these trinkets must be.
I guess nobody thought ahead as to what would happen when millions of these would start getting thrown in the trash. Now we know.