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Florescent bulbs are all around us… you find them in local businesses, large retailers, hospitals, schools, grocery stores, offices and government buildings. They have become a common fixture in many buildings thanks in part to its energy efficiency and the cost savings it provides.

The most common of the florescent bulbs are the 4-foot and 8-foot “tubes.” Most of us know that the bulbs are energy efficient – using about one-fourth the energy and lasting about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs (light bulbs). That efficiency saves energy and money. However, many of us are also unaware that fluorescent bulbs as well as other types of energy-efficient lighting contain mercury, which is toxic. When broken, compacted, crushed or disposed of improperly, fluorescent bulbs may release mercury into the air, water and soil posing a significant risk to human health and the environment.

Benefits of Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

The standard fluorescent bulb has about 20 milligrams of mercury. SecurShred understands that these lamps must be managed properly to protect human health and the environment. Spent bulbs really have no fundamental value since the mercury recovered during the recycling process is dependent on the markets. The cost of recycling mercury bulbs is relatively small compared to the cost savings from using energy-efficient bulbs. In addition, the recycling of these bulbs may limit a company’s or business owner’s liability. We at SecurShred realize that the best management option is to recycle these bulbs. 

SecurShred is here to help you recycle your florescent lamps/bulbs. You can drop them by our facility in So Burlington, Vermont Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you are an existing customer contact our customer service department at 1.877.863.3003 to arrange a pick up.



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