Paint and fluorescent tubes have been part of our lives for a very long time. Compact fluorescent bulbs with a curly tube shape and a heavy base became popular as they 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 on Health Canada’s website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/prod/cfl-afc-eng.php.
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.
The Recycling Centre has been collecting paint and fluorescent bulbs since 2016. They can be dropped off 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.
Please note that only CFL and fluorescent bulbs are recyclable. All other light bulbs go into the garbage.
Sixty-two boxes of bulbs were shipped in 2019. This year we have shipped 73.
More information is available at 204 687 6169 and www.flinflonrecycling.org.