Compact Fluorescent Bulbs in Barbados sign now

Dear Sir,

As stated by Senator the Honourable Mr Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy, in January of 2011, the Government of Barbados indicates that Plans ... are also on-stream to develop a phase-out plan of incandescent lamps as well as to distribute over 15,000 compact fluorescent lamps

It is highly publicised that the Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulb reduces electricity use as compared to the regular incandescent bulb which in fact produces more heat than light. However, there are a number of issues with CFL's that need to be considered should the government implement the above mentioned plan. The main issue being that the bulbs contain mercury which, though small in amount, can pose a problem in our landfill and to the handlers of the bulbs.

It is suggested that as a consequence Government needs to:
a) alert the public on the careful handling of these lamps should they break;
b) alert the public not to put used lamps in the garbage;
c) arrange for special collection of these used lamps;
d) ensure that these used lamps do not end up in the landfill;
e) encourage a local company to undertake the recycling of the lamps;
f) in the meanwhile arrange to ship these used lamps to a location overseas where these lamps will be recycled;
g) enquire from the best medical sources to what extent the use of these lamps can in any way be detrimental to the health of those who make use of them. This is particularly important in the case of reading equipment where the lamps are close to the body. The public needs to be informed if there are health issues.

With thanks to Retired Catholic Bishop Anthony Dickson, Chairman of the Earth Charter group in Barbados, we have invited the public to comment on the above and petition for the above mentioned points to be considered and implemented where possible before such a wide spread roll out of CFL bulbs to the public.

CFL bulbs have been available in Barbados for some time, however even with these available in retail outlets, the issue of handling and disposal has never been widely publicised.

Please consider the points raised and support this petition.

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