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Enact a producer responsibility program for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.
CFL bulbs, while significantly more energy efficient and long-lasting than traditional light bulbs, contain 4 to 5 milligrams of mercury each. As long as the mercury is contained within the light bulb, it poses no harm to humans or the environment. But even small amounts of mercury can pollute drinking water, and when those light bulbs are tossed in the trash and crushed, the mercury in each can be released into the environment. In 2012, legislation was introduced by Representative Donna Walsh and Senator Ruggerio [S 2398/H7443] to expand extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs including a program for CFL bulbs. The bill would have required the Department of Environmental Management to create a product stewardship program that would involve manufacturers of CFLs in the responsibility for dealing with CFLs when they have reached the end of their useful lives. The bill was held for further study.
Write to Governor Chafee and ask him to direct the Department of Environmental Management to set ambitious goals for the collection and recycling of mercury thermostats! This will hold manufacturers accountable for creating and distributing hazardous products in the past and will prevent future mercury contamination of our waterways and fish populations.
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Mercury containing thermostats release mercury into the environment when they are handled or disposed hadhazardly. Exposure to mercury, even at a low level, causes damage to the functioning and development of the nervous system both in utero and in growing children.
When local governments took on responsibility for solid waste more than a century ago, household waste was primarily coal ash leftover from heating and cooking. The rest was mainly food and a small amount of simple manufactured products like paper and glass. Today manufactured products and their packaging make up 75% of what we throw away.