Lightbulbs contain many harmful materials, including glass, hazardous chemicals, gasses, and metals that should not be disposed in garbage bins. In fact, a 2003 study in The Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association found that “elevated airborne levels of mercury… can exist in the vicinity of recently broken bulbs”. It goes on to note that under these conditions, “mercury concentrations may exceed occupational exposure limits”.
Mercury is extremely damaging to the human body, and is very difficult and expensive to remove from the bloodstream. While it typically enters the body through our food supply, airborne mercury particles can be equally harmful. Mercury also poses a significant threat to our environment as just 0.5 grams of mercury can contaminate 22.5 million liters of water. This means the mercury in a single fluorescent tube is enough to contaminate 50,000 liters of water. (ref)
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(ref) Michael Aucott , Michael McLinden & Michael Winka (2003) Release of Mercury from Broken Fluorescent Bulbs, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 53:2, 143-151,