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Compact Fluorescent Lights and the Impact of Convenience and Knowledge on Household Recycling Rates
Waste Management (2011)
  • Travis Wagner, University of Southern Maine

Increased energy costs, social marketing campaigns, public subsidies, and reduced retail prices have dramatically increased the number of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) installed worldwide. CFLs provide many benefits, but they contain a very small amount of mercury. Given the billions of CFLs in use worldwide, they represent a significant source of mercury unless CFLs are recycled and the mercury recovered in an environmentally sound manner. In the state of Maine (northeast United States), despite mandated recycling of CFLs and availability of free CFL recycling, the household CFL recycling rate is very low. A study was undertaken to identify the primary factors responsible for low recycling.

  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs,
  • Recycling (Waste etc),
  • Refuse Collection,
  • Salvage,
  • Wastewater Treatment
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Citation Information
Travis Wagner. "Compact Fluorescent Lights and the Impact of Convenience and Knowledge on Household Recycling Rates" Waste Management Vol. 31 Iss. 3 (2011)
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