Researchers develop a mercury-absorbing material that could take the risk out of recycling compact fluorescents
By Sam Barrett
Posted 07.10.2008 at 5:25 pm 6 Comments
Compact fluorescent light bulbs solve one problem, but present another: Although the bulbs are longer-lasting and more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, CFLs contain mercury, a neurotoxin. If a bulb breaks or isn’t recycled properly, the mercury can be released into the environment.
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