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[GreenYes] Re: Compact fluorescent bulb deposits

Paying people deposits to bring in mercury which is sold in liquid
form on the global market is evil, right?

To wit: If all of the mercury being recycled from lamps is going into
the free market, and the accepted uses of mercury already have more
mercury than they need (and are constantly reducing that amount), and
the primary market for excess elemental mercury is alleuvial gold
mining (using the mercury to draw flakes of gold from riverbeds and
then burning the mercury off into the atmosphere), then we would be
diverting mercury from regulated lined landfills and sending it to
rain forests.

Perhaps we should have these programs mandate highly regulated
disposal, like we do radioactive wastes, not recycling. If we were in
charge of nuke waste, and had a choice between two recycling
companies, and one stored/disposed of it, and the other "resold it on
the world market", which would we favor?

Europe is ahead of the USA on this one.... Just barely. Banning
export of the recycled mercury just started being discussed in 06,
that would cause a complete glut on the EU market, which will lead to
the same outcome as the bans on export of nuke waste in the 1970s -
Yukka Mountain for Mercury. Which is better than what we are doing.
It seems to me that my friends in the environmental movement may be
subsidizing mercury extraction the same way we blame government for
subsidizing forestry, oil, and corn sugar.

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