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Compacter (and mercury grabber) for CFLs

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We like compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), but they do have small amounts of mercury in them, which really should not go into a landfill. So this development is good:

CFL compactor

The wonderfully-named town of Carefree, Arizona, is offering a new way for residents to safely scrap their fluorescent light bulbs, a move that could bolster the sale of the energy-saving bulbs, especially if more towns and cities follow suit. Carefree has installed the newest version of a “vapor vacuum lamp compactor,” which captures the mercury vapor inside discarded fluorescent bulbs as they are crushed. The push to encourage increased use of compact fluorescent bulbs is not without an environmental downside – mercury is a toxic metal and. Carefree’s new recycling device shreds the bulbs and traps the vapors.

“Four years ago, nobody was doing this anywhere in the country,” said machine inventor Edward J. Domanico, a technical consultant for Florida-based PestWest Environmental. The company markets the device at LampCompactor.com.

An estimated 500 million CFLs have been sold this year in the U.S. They’re growing in popularity because, while they cost more up front than incandescent bulbs, CFLs pay for themselves over time by using up to 75 less energy and lasting up to seven years.

Written by Leisureguy

1 December 2007 at 8:08 pm

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  1. Carefree now uses the E-Lampinator to crush their CFLs and othe fluorescent bulbs. It is a better machine and more info can be found at http://www.elampinator.com

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    carol h

    17 April 2009 at 10:47 am

  2. Cool. Thanks for the pointer.

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    LeisureGuy

    17 April 2009 at 11:05 am


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