Regulation Pushed on Disposal of Hazardous Substances in CFL
With the anticipated massive rollout of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in Filipino households, players in the emerging industry of energy efficient solutions have been urging government to finally set in place firm regulation on the allowable content as well as disposal of hazardous substances.
One of the toxic substances being raised against CFL would be its mercury content which may pose health risks, especially if bulbs are shattered in enclosed areas.
There have also been concerns on the disposal of used CFLs as well as the incandescent bulbs that have been removed in the lighting conversion processes done in homes and establishments.
Rico A. Gonzales, chief executive officer of Philips Electronics and Lighting Inc., noted in an exclusive interview, it is about time for the Philippines to follow the global standard in the mercury content for CFLs, and cast a policy on waste disposal of hazardous substances to make risk management more manageable. "One opportunity that we shall be doing is to really push the standard on the regulation of hazardous substances (ROHS)," he said. …