It's a fact - Nationwide (USA) there are over 400,000,000 fluorescent lamps thrown away every year.
It's a fact - One Gram of Mercury can contaminate enough water to fill a twenty acre lake.
It is estimated that some 400 million fluorescent bulbs and highway lamps are used annually in the U.S. This equates to around 13,000 tons of material disposed to landfill,
including some 12 tons of mercury.
Mercury is used in a wide variety of products including fluorescent bulbs, sodium and mercury lamps, etc. all resulting in mercurial waste.
It is estimated that the mercury from one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 liters of water beyond a safe level for drinking. There are strong environmental reasons
for proper management and recycling of these bulbs on a worldwide scale.