Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Packaging Used or Broken Fluorescent Bulbs

How do you effectively package used or broken fluorescent bulbs to prevent hazardous mercury vapor from emitting into your home or office? Is there a right or wrong way? Before you think about simply throwing that old bulb in the trash, read this post!

According to research studies, three layers of packaging are needed to sufficiently contain mercury vapor found in fluorescent lamps. The first is a cardboard layer, which provides structure to the configuration and protects contents from outside elements. The second layer consists of a bag—which should feature a suitable material and tight seal—which is used to contain the mercury vapor. The last, inner layer is also cardboard, which prevents broken glass from puncturing the bag and rendering it ineffective.

Next time you have a broken or burned out fluorescent bulb, use the above method to ensure you aren’t harming yourself or others with mercury vapor.

Brad Buscher
Chairman and CEO
VaporLok Products LLC

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