Saturday 29 January 2011

Author(s): Ruhi Kandhari

  • HereÔÇÖs an idea for the CFL

    HereÔÇÖs an idea for the CFL world. Add a recycling fee to all CFLs (similar to the redemption fee many states charge on aluminum cans and plastic bottle but much bigger). If a customer wants to buy a new CFL, and they have an old one to turn in then wave the fee, but if the customer doesnÔÇÖt have a spent bulb to exchange then charge them a $5 recycling fee and give them a $5 gift card that can only be used the next time they turn in a spent bulb.

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  • The ecological cost of

    The ecological cost of mercury poisoning is far too much compared to the savings it generates when the lives they affect are taken into account. There are many organisations running various Environment related projects with the help of school children and their schools. NOT one of them is seen running anything related to recycling of CFLs. Isn't the CFL industry morally obliged to give back to the society from which they are earning crores of rupees. The recycling facility will not only remove mercury from the cycle, it will also generate value for them from teh ewaste they will recycle. Probably, we the user public should join hands in pressurising the manufacturers ( which include big names like Philips and Bajaj) to include CFL recycling in their scheme of things before buying their CFLs. We may even switch to LED lighting ( A little expensive as of now)and not buy their CFLs. Hope this registers somewhere Prasad

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  • I too believe in recycling -

    I too believe in recycling - there cannot be any two ways about this - and responsible recycling at that. The onus should be a lot more on the producer, and a good deal on the consumer. But these pages are far ahead of the times we live in - where the average literate person is yet to be convinced of his or her own environmental responsibility.

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  • I agree with all of you.

    I agree with all of you. There must be sharing of responsibility between consumers and producers but unfortunately the CFL industry is not ready to take this responsibility. They are trying to postpone an inevitable policy where the producer will have to include the cost of recycling and ensure the broken and used CFLs reach the recycling facility. While most countries are extending Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) it has still not been implemented in India. Swarna, as you said, 'responsible recycling' is the need of the hour for growing municipal and hazardous waste in India. And as you mentioned Prasad, shifting to LEDs would be a better energy efficient option over CFLs.

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  • Can we request the government

    Can we request the government or put up a petition to make their decision quicker....can anybody suggest whom to write....can online petitions like thepetitionsite.com be used?

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Thank you for sharing this

    Thank you for sharing this resourceful and interesting post. Keep it up yr good work. Carol

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
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