Research and Advocacy : Toxics Link did a research study on mercury content in CFLs titled “Toxics in That Glow”. The study found high content of mercury in all the CFLs being manufactured by the major brand in India. On average, the mercury content per unit (CFL) has been found to be 21.21 mg, which is quite alarming. The study also revealed the potential threat associated with these bulbs.
The issue was taken up with the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) and Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers Associations (ELCOMA). Toxics Link has also organized a meeting with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in Delhi for the upstream and downstream management of CFLs in India. All the major stakeholders including representatives of the SPCBs participated in the meeting.