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Small businesses across the Ocean State are collecting light bulbs containing mercury for recycling as a part of a program supported by Clean Water Fund and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Stores that sell the bulbs and other home furnishings are offering residents a free collection service for burned-out compact fluorescents (CFLs) and linear bulbs up to 4 feet in length. The stores will ship the waste bulbs to a recycling facility.
Write to Governor Chafee and ask him to direct the Department of Environmental Management to set ambitious goals for the collection and recycling of mercury thermostats! This will hold manufacturers accountable for creating and distributing hazardous products in the past and will prevent future mercury contamination of our waterways and fish populations.
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A Green Event seeks to minimize its impact on the environment and host community by incorporating core principles of resource conservation. These principles range from providing recycling to bike racks to procuring renewable energy and reusable materials. At each step a Green Event adds value for guests and helps improve the quality of life in the host community.
Mercury containing thermostats release mercury into the environment when they are handled or disposed hadhazardly. Exposure to mercury, even at a low level, causes damage to the functioning and development of the nervous system both in utero and in growing children.
When local governments took on responsibility for solid waste more than a century ago, household waste was primarily coal ash leftover from heating and cooking. The rest was mainly food and a small amount of simple manufactured products like paper and glass. Today manufactured products and their packaging make up 75% of what we throw away.