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CLEANING UP COMPACT FLUORESCENTS

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Photograph of illuminated incandescent-replacement fluorescent bulb. (Source: Jdorwin at Wikimedia Commons)

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs are one of those classic environmental dilemmas. They're very efficient - they use as little as one fourth of the energy a traditional lightbulb uses. But there's a twist: they have a small amount of the toxic chemical mercury in them. Rebecca Williams takes a look at what to do if a lightbulb breaks in your home:

The Maine study on cleaning up broken fluorescent bulbs

How to recycle bulbs that aren't broken

Mercury Policy Project

Producer: Rebecca Williams
Release Date: May 5, 2008
Running Time: 3:36

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