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Mercury-containing light bulbs/lamps

This item is banned from disposal in the trash in Vermont. It must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

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Mercury-containing light bulbs and lamps are accepted at the District 转移 Station. Mercury-containing lightbulbs and lamps include:

  • 荧光灯泡 and tubes (straight, circular and U-shaped)
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • 紫外线辐射管;
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs
  • 金属卤化物灯泡 
  • 钠灯泡 

Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal. When lamps are broken or thrown into the trash, mercury is released into the environment in the form of an invisible vapor or a bead. It is best to avoid any exposure to mercury and prevent its release into the environment where it can damage our lakes and streams and poison fish and wildlife. For guidance on what to do if you break a mercury bulb, visit the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation web page about disposal of mercury-containing products or see the instructions below. 

If you break a mercury-containing light bulb :

Do not vacuum or sweep the area as it will spread mercury vapor to other areas of the room. 也, keep all people and pets away from breakage area so that mercury powder is not tracked into other areas.

For breakage on a hard surface:

  1. Ventilate the area well by closing interior doors and vents, opening windows and any exterior doors in the room, and leaving the room for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Remove all materials you can and do not vacuum or sweep.
  3. Wear disposable gloves, if available.
  4. Carefully scoop up glass fragments and dust with a stiff piece of paper or cardboard (such as playing cards or index cards).
  5. Pick up any remaining small pieces of glass and powder using sticky tape (such as masking tape or duct tape).
  6. Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipe.
  7. Place all cleanup materials (cardboard, gloves, tape, etc.) in a plastic bag (and double bag) to seal it; or preferably, place into a glass or rigid container with a lid. Store the bag or container outside of the house in an area inaccessible to children.
  8. 洗手.
  9. Bring to the District 转移 Station during household hazardous waste hours.
  10. Leave the windows in the affected room or area open as long as practical (weather permitting).

For breakage on carpet, complete steps 1 through 6 above, then:

  1. If rug is removable, take it outside, shake, and air out as long as practical.
  2. After cleanup and the room or area has been ventilated: the first time you vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, shut the door to the room or close off the area from as much of the rest of the house as possible, and ventilate the room when vacuuming. Remove the vacuum bag once done cleaning the area, wipe vacuum with wet wipe and put the bag and/or vacuum debris, including cleanup materials, into a plastic bag (double bag it) and store the bag outside the house in an area inaccessible to children. Refer to #5 above for proper disposal options.
  3. After vacuuming, keep window open, door closed and children/pets out of room.
  4. Consider removal of carpeting section where the breakage has occurred as a precaution when there are infants, 小孩, and pregnant women present.

For questions, call the Vermont Department of Health at (802) 240-5076 (24 hour pager).

成本

荧光灯泡

Items where ‟or no charge” is indicated may be covered by Vermont Mercury Lamp Law — No charge for general purpose mercury bulbs, 每天10次或更少.

  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps: No Charge
  • U-Tube, Circular or Straight Tubes 4 ft. 或者更短:0美元.每人35英镑(或免费)
  • Straight Tubes longer than 4 ft: $0.每人60英镑(或免费)
  • HID Lamps: $1 each (or no charge)
  • UV, Neon or other Specialty Lamps: $1.95

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