Scary Facts About CFLs Entering B.C. Canada Landfills

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Scary Facts About CFLs Entering B.C. Canada Landfills

staff writer LEDCanada.com

  • Only 19-24% fluorescent products will be returned in 2013.
This includes CFLs
  • 2012 , CFLs Sold in B.C. 3,937,758 (20 % capture very HIGH estimate )-
 
  • Over 3 million CFLs heading to BC landfills at 3-10 mg mercury content each!
 
  • 5- 30 kilograms of Mercury total! Just from CFLs!

When a single drop can contaminate an entire lake, what damage will many kilos of mercury leeching into our rivers and streams do?

 

As the world BANS mercury from ALL consumer products, Why do CFLs sales continue unheeded?

 

Choose LED ,SSL (solid state lighting) to Help Stop Mercury Contamination of Our Environment.

 

Check these facts from:

 

Material Composition of a CFL Composition of Fluorescent Tube
Glass 75-90% 75-95%
Mercury <0.015% <0.01-<0.05%
Lead Oxide 0.2-2% 0.2-2%
Aluminum Oxide 0-2% 0-2%
Phosphor Powder 0.5-3% 0.5-3%
Miscellaneous Compounds (fluoride, manganese dust, tin dust etc.) 0-0.1% 0-0.1% per compound
 
Consumer Awareness:
Percent of population aware of the program 45% of population by end of 2013, 50% of the population by end of 2015, 55% of the population by end of 2017

 Capture Rate

 

A capture rate compares the quantity of products collected in a year to the quantity of products believed to be “available for collection” in that year. A capture rate model is considered more appropriate than a recovery rate model (units collected/units sold in that year) for lamps given the long and increasing lifespans of these products and changing sales patterns of various lamps categories.

Table 4 - Capture Rate Targets – Fluorescent Tubes and CFLs 2012* 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017*
Fluorescent Tubes 10-12% 16-25% 22-37% 28-50% 34-62% 40-75%
CFLs 19-24% 24-30% 28-38% 32-50% 36-62% 40-75%
 
Fluorescent Tubes Available to Collect and Targeted for Collection, 2012-2017 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Available to Collect - TOTAL 2,925,358 5,850,715 5,850,715 5,850,715 5,850,715 2,925,358
Capture Rate - Low Target 10% 16% 22% 28% 34% 40%
Targeted for Collection (Low) 292,536 936,114 1,287,157 1,638,200 1,989,243 1,170,143
Capture Rate - High Target 12% 25% 37% 50% 62% 75%
Targeted for Collection (High) 351,043 1,462,679 2,164,765 2,925,358 3,627,443 2,194,018
 
Estimated BC CFL Sales, 2004-20117CFLs
Year Sold C & I Consumer Total
2004 497,240 826,789 1,324,028
2005 521,453 1,687,820 2,209,273
2006 598,413 1,696,583 2,294,996
2007 890,185 3,865,000 4,755,185
2008 922,543 3,253,492 4,176,035
2009 1,081,461 2,539,547 3,621,008
2010 1,018,170 2,919,588 3,937,758
2011 1,018,170 2,919,588 3,937,758

 

 



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