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February CMM: Mercury contamination from CFL bulbs

February 25, 2009
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The February issue of CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Ray McLaughlin''s Maintenance Matters article on mercury contamination from compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
McLaughlin states that if you use CFL bulbs in your facility, then mercury contamination should be on your mind because the threat of mercury poisoning lurks around every corner from seafood to thermometers, dental fillings, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs.
He notes that research over the last few decades has shown that even low-level exposures to mercury can have toxic effects because it is a neurotoxin and can negatively impact brain development and performance.
McLaughlin adds that some counties, cities and states have outlawed throwing compact fluorescent light bulbs into the trash and some companies provide CFL pickup and deliver the used bulbs to one of the three recycling centers in the country.
You can contact your local municipal solid waste agency or go to to research recycling options in your area.
Ray McLaughlin, president of McLaughlin Electric, implemented a free program for his clients that collects CFLs, HID lamps and fluorescent lamps in the Maryland and DC areas and delivers them to recycling centers. Contact Ray at 410-242-3200 or
Click here to view the February issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine.
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