The recycling of compact flourescents is a problem that is easily solved by attaching a deposit fee to every single one...or better yet, a lower price for a dead lamp's replacement when it's returned to the merchant for recycling. The cost of such a system could be underwritten by a consortium of manufacturers and major resellers in the name of acquiring market share and public relations.
Well they could have done that with mercury batteries too, instead we are left with crappy batteries. My house is electrically heated, I don't like fluorescent light so I will stockpile bulbs. I wonder what they are going to light streets with.