Every fluorescent light bulb contains a small amount of mercury, a toxic heavy metal, which poisons ground water when thrown out with regular trash. There is enough mercury in each CFL bulb to contaminate 6,000 gallons of clean water. Think of how many light bulbs you use each day and multiply that by 9 million of us here in Bangalore. This is a serious health issue.
While CFL light bulbs save a huge amount of energy, the new Indian E-waste laws exclude this category. This means that NO organization in Bangalore is legally allowed to recycle these items. Bangalore has authorized E-waste companies with machinery to process bulbs- but they must pay to have these items sent to landfill.
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