Roundtable Conference on Mercury Management in CFLs
Source: Toxics Link, Date: March , 2014
Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) have been widely accepted as the substitute for
incandescent lamps. CFLs find their applications across all end user segments
in India now. Within a span of seven years, the CFL market has gone up from 67
million units (in 2006) to about 400 million units and still growing at a rate
of 20%. It has been estimated that 60% of Indian households use CFLs including
urban, semi-urban and rural areas.
It is a
well known fact that CFLs contain mercury. Though the Central Pollution Control
Board (CPCB) issued guidelines for environmentally sound mercury management in
fluorescent lamp sector in 2008, however, very little headways have been made
in the downstream mercury management of CFLs in India. As a result in most of
the cases mercury from discarded CFLs is entering the environment and
contaminating the ecosystem.
there is uncertainty on notification of mercury standard in CFLs by Bureau of
Indian Standards (BIS) due to the prescribed standards for mercury in CFLs in
Chapter V of the E-Waste Management and Handling Rules-2011.
context Toxics Link organized a Roundtable conference on Mercury Management in CFLs
with the objective to identify gaps in the
exiting guidelines on CFLs issued by CPCB and discussion the issues of standard
of mercury in CFLs. The conference also sought to develop a strategy for the
better management practices of used CFLs and push for standards for CFLs.