Web Date: April 15, 2016
New technique reclaims mercury from spent compact fluorescent light bulbs
Fluorescent lightbulbs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, but many contain mercury, a neurotoxin that can accumulate in food sources and ultimately in our own tissues. Removing and reusing mercury from bulbs helps keep the toxic element out of landfills, where it can enter the environment. Now, researchers have developed a technique for recycling mercury from spent compact fluorescent light bulbs that’s more energy efficient than current methods (ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2016, DOI: . . .
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