Ecob­ulbs have health ef­fects

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

This let­ter is in re­gards to the ar­ti­cle in the Chron­i­cle re­gard­ing ecob­ulbs.

The prob­lem I have with it is that it only gives a view­point of the power sav­ings yet there is more to it than that.

Be­cause of the mer­cury con­tent it does cre­ate a haz­ard when the bulb be­comes dam­aged where the mer­cury can leak into air and be breathed in.

This can be par­tic­u­larly bad for chil­dren and preg­nant women and needs to be cleaned up with great care, not vac­u­umed.

I have a mix­ture at home and do find that af­ter a while read­ing un­der them I can get a headache.

But not un­der the other lights.

As far as I was aware there are no con­ve­nient dis­posal points to dis­pose of un­dam­aged but de­funct bulbs.

Per­haps the rub­bish/re­cy­cling dump would take them but re­ally who is go­ing to take a spe­cial trip to dis­pose of just one bulb?

Ei­ther the coun­cil of­fice or the re­tail­ers could have a spe­cial bin to put them in.

I be­lieve that the Green Party tried some time ago to make them com­pul­sory in all light fit­tings and ban the in­can­des­cent bulb com­pletely.

I am glad to see that it was not im­ple­mented.

It is great to save on power but not at the ex­pense of health is­sues. com­mu­nity steeped in rich his­tory and we are proud to be able to share this mile­stone with both the past and the present com­mu­nity.

Should any readers know of any past fam­i­lies from Te Poi who would like to take part in the cel­e­bra­tions, re­quire fur­ther de­tails, or reg­is­ter please ei­ther visit our web­site tepoi.co.nz or con­tact Ngaire on 07 880 9577.

We look for­ward to host­ing past and present fam­i­lies to share mem­o­ries and plan for the fu­ture.

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