Lamps contain up to 5 mg of mercury vapors in their internal device. If a light bulb accidentally breaks down in the apartment, in a trash bin or on a common bin, it will act poisoningly on the residents of the house, on the state of wildlife. That is why it was initially recommended with the release of such lamps to deliver them after working off to points for further industrial recycling.
To dispose of a properly energy-saving light bulb, pack it after it burns into its own packaging or other cardboard where it is not will break up. You can wrap several bulbs in paper and put them in one box. Now you need to find reception points for such lamps in your city.
Not all points accept used light bulbs from individuals. Some exist specifically to accept large batches of idle bulbs from large businesses.
In all cities the reception of fluorescent lamps is carried out in district deZAs and REUs. For them on the territory of such enterprises special containers with a signature are installed. If you have not found a container – ask the administration of the enterprise how you can dispose of the lamp. Environmental cleaning services of the city are also required to accept not only mercury light bulbs, but also served mercury thermometers, disposable batteries.
The problem of delivery and reception of energy-saving lamps and other instruments containing mercury has become so serious that in some Russian cities regional prosecutor’s offices of cities appealed to the courts to organize by HOA points of collection of such raw materials. In turn, the courts decided the HOA to install containers and reception points for spent lamps. Therefore, you can ask a question in your HOA, where you can hand over the used lamps.