How to dispose of energy-saving lamps?
Rules for the delivery of waste bulbs
It is simply forbidden to throw out these lamps in the trash can, as In the production of fluorescent light sources, toxic substances are used: mercury, zinc, phosphates, the disposal of which requires the implementation of special measures.
To get rid of the spent flask, it must be taken to special reception points in a REU or DEZ. You can find out about the availability of such points in your city on the city portal.
If for household consumers there is no regulation on the disposal of spent CFLs and only hope for the conscientiousness and awareness of people, then for legal entities and entrepreneurs this item is prescribed in the law.
Enterprises using fluorescent lamps must conclude an agreement for the disposal of already used waste with specialized organizations licensed to dispose and recycle toxic waste. In turn, companies providing services must use a special container of airtight construction.
By the way, it is not at all necessary to dispose of idle housekeepers. Sometimes they can easily be repaired with their own hands. Instructions for fluorescent lamp repair we provided in the corresponding article.
It is clear that you will not carry each burned bulb one at a time to a company for disposal. It is advisable to equip a separate place for storing waste energy-saving light sources. So, according to the requirements of public services, storage of fluorescent lamps must be carried out taking into account the following rules:
- Each individual flask must be placed in a cardboard container, while fluorescent bulbs must be sorted by size.
- The room should be removed from the workplace, while being well ventilated and spacious. You also need to make sure that no unauthorized persons have access to the storage area of the housekeepers.
- The room should be equipped with all necessary means for demercurization (removal of mercury).
Responsibility is also provided for improper storage of energy-saving lamps, therefore it is strictly forbidden to store bulbs in bulk!
What to do if the flask crashes at home?
Modern CFLs do not contain a drop of mercury, but only its vapor, which confirms the designation on the box:
Therefore if energy saving llama crashed, do not look for mercury on the floor, it is enough to remove the glass fragments with a damp cloth or napkin, after wearing rubber gloves. Immediately you need to remove children and animals from the premises, do not expose them to danger of breathing mercury vapor.The debris that has fallen on carpets should never be collected with a vacuum cleaner, as it will aggravate the situation and become a source of contamination with hazardous substances. In this case, the usual packing tape will help, with the sticky side collecting fragments from the broken bulb. You need to collect garbage in a glass jar or bag with a rag and mittens, and then hand it over to a specialized collection point.
You must knowthat the penetration of mercury into the body most often occurs through the inhalation of vapors. With a significant concentration, it affects the central nervous system, liver, musculoskeletal system. After cleaning the glass, it is enough to ventilate the room for at least two hours.
Finally, we recommend that you watch a video that demonstrates the technology of processing housekeepers in an enterprise:
That's all I wanted to tell you about the disposal of fluorescent lamps in the enterprise and at home. We hope our guide was helpful to you. Remember, the state of ecology depends on you too!
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