Are low energy light bulbs safe and how do I dispose of them?
EU health experts concluded that there is not enough evidence to suggest that modern lamps can aggravate epilepsy or migraines, but Defra and DoH have worked closely with groups representing those with specific sight and light-sensitive skin conditions to minimise any adverse effects from the use of CFLs.
The evidence shows that the amount of mercury in lamps is less than the mercury that would be otherwise released into the atmosphere by coal-fire power generation to produce the energy used by an incandescent lamp.
The mercury cannot escape from an intact lamp and, even if the lamp should be broken, the very small amount of mercury contained in a single, modern CFL is most unlikely to cause any harm. Safe disposal of a smashed bulb is on defra's website at http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/products/roadmaps/lightbulbs.htm
All local Councils provide recycling facilities for CFLs and some retailers will take them back.