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Web Date: April 15, 2016

New technique reclaims mercury from spent compact fluorescent light bulbs

Two-step process might offer a more energy-efficient alternative to current recycling methods
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: sustainability, nanomaterials, mercury, fluorescent, light bulb, energy efficient, nanoparticles, recycling

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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