Do you even like CF bulbs?
I've seen lots of discussion about these bulbs and it seems people either love them or hate them.
Do you prefer the old lightbults despite them not being as energy efficient?
Call CFL's a biohazard? Maybe you mean all flouescents?
Uncle George passing gas at a family function is probably more dangerous! Many things around the house surpass the danger of that small amount of mercury by far. When I was a kid we would play with the stuff - using it to polish coins - not recommended but no big deal.
Analyzing iron ore for metallic iron was done with mercuric chloride & still is. Free mercury is found in the flask when you are done - years past it went in the drain though I hope people are more aware today.
If I break one I clean it up and be done with it. People who put out that scare apparently have never looked at what they are working with. The vac is probably not the best choice if one is worried as possibly some of the particles will become airborne.
I have standard incandescants in locations where they are switched on for short periods of time - such as the stairwell motion activated lamps. Everything else is CFL with no problems - either life or light quality.
The light pools are T5 tube type dimmable flourescents - again no problem.
Maybe you have voltage or installation problems. Flourescents are not meant to be constantly turned on and off.
hippiechick - I guess you don't recycle anything else either than?
I have used them for years in home and industrial use. Anywhere they may build heat such as some "can lights" have been reported to have issues. Also check the life expectancy of the bulb. some are rated for 10,000 hours, some much less. The lesser bulbs are the ones that usually give more problems.
In any application where there is some vibration due to machinery etc, the CFL will outlast the incandescents many times over.
I agree that the mercury issues is well overstated. There is less mercury in the bulbs than there is introduced into the atmosphere by the power plants producing the increased amount of electricity to light a comparable Incandescent.
As far as recycling, many stores such as Ace Hardware will recycle them for free.
The use of CFL's has allowed me to put the cost savings in other energy savings items. I love them. Also, one other thing, many people don't know but they come in 3 or 4 colors (warmths) so makeup should not be an issue under the right color.