Paint and fluorescent tubes have been part of our lives for a very long time. Compact fluorescent bulbs have become popular recently as homeowners want to use less electricity.
Both create hazardous waste when people are done with them.
Paint has a variety of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment.
Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs are not harmful unless they break. They contain mercury vapour and particles. When bulbs are broken the mercury is released into the air and onto the floor or ground. Even small amounts of mercury are very hazardous.
Information about safely cleaning up broken fluorescent bulbs is available in the next post April 6.
If these items are sent to the landfill they will break or spill as landfill materials are crushed and covered, releasing the hazardous chemicals into the environment.
Industries that make paint, fluorescent bulbs and other hazardous products are required by the Province of Manitoba to provide programs and funding so households can get rid of them safely.
Product Care is the organization that provides money and information for the Household Hazardous Waste program.
Home Hardware has a collection bin for paint from Product Care. Construction of a full household hazardous waste depot is planned for the Flin Flon landfill this summer.
The Recycling Centre is now a collection depot for paint and fluorescent bulbs as these items are often left at the centre.
Fluorescent bulbs should be brought to the Centre when it is open to reduce the chance of bulbs breaking. Broken bulbs in sealed plastic bags will be accepted.
Fluorescent bulbs are not accepted from businesses and institutions.
More information is available at 204 687 6169 .