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  • May 19, 2012 10:54PM

 

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Energy saving light globes have been blamed for increasing amounts of mercury in landfills. Picture: Craig Greenhill Source: The Daily Telegraph

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With 95 per cent of discarded home light bulbs tossed into household rubbish bins, councils say there is an urgent need for a national scheme to recycle globes to ensure the mercury inside them does not find its way into water supply systems.

Mercury is one of the key ingredients of low-energy bulbs, but can cause neurological damage and birth defects if consumed by humans.

The lighting industry says the new bulbs contain just 5mg of mercury fluorescent tubes have three times that much but only 5 per cent of the bulbs are recycled.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/energy-saving-light-bulbs-are-a-real-turn-off/story-e6frfkvr-1226361151741#ixzz1vPi1oE2P

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