Guidelines for environmentally sound mercury management in fluorescent lamp sector
Technical guidelines for environmentally sound mercury management in flouroscent lamp sector by the CPCB. These guidelines are applicable, in principle, to other mercury-bearing lamps, as well.
Mercury-bearing lamps (fluorescent, compact fluorescent, mercury vapor, sodium vapor and metal multi-vapors and mixed) use mercury as a vital component for their functioning. Mercury concentration in these lamps varies considerably depending on the manufacturer, the type of lamp and the manufacturing year. The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India had constituted a Task Force for evolving a policy for management of mercury and a Technical Committee to suggest a set of guidelines, recommending measures & standards, for environmentally sound management of mercury in fluorescent lamp sector. These present guidelines are applicable, in principle, to other mercury-bearing lamps, as well.