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Re: [GreenYes] fluorescents vs. computers
A neighboring district has calculated the cost of recovering mercury from
fluorescent tubes at around $8,000/lb.  Compared to other products this is
very high.  They've asked state regulators a legitimate but seemingly
irrelevant question "Could this money be used more effectively elsewhere?."

Yeah, I think computers should have a higher priority for removal than
fluorescents.  But, I could be wrong.

Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: "Maine, Bruce" <bmaine@hdrinc.com>
To: "GreenYes" <greenyes@grrn.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 9:21 PM
Subject: [GreenYes] fluorescents vs. computers


> Good evening.
> As part of our Sustainable Business Initiative we have been recycling
> fluorescent lamps.  This has been a "good will" gesture since we do not
> generate enough to be regulated.   This costs about $500 a year that
> pretty much depletes the P2 budget.  My question to the list:
> Do you think it is more appropriate to spend those funds by offering
> cash incentives to employees to recycle personal computers through local
> sources?  I would imagine that it will be easier to quantify P2 numbers
> for stakeholders .
> Please share your thoughts.
> Best,
> Bruce Maine
> Research Director - Sustainable Design Services
> LEED Accredited Professional
> HDR Architecture
> 402.399.1198
> bmaine@hdrinc.com
> http://www.hdrinc.com/sustainable/
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