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Recycling Light Bulbs ?

"Energy saving light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes contain small amounts of mercury, as mercury is a hazardous substance these types of lightbulbs should be disposed of sensibly and in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations".

They do indeed contain mercury, which is why you should get out of a room if you break the glass of a fluorescent until the stuff has had a chance to disperse. Not a lot of people know that.

Our tip has a special locker for old fluorecents.

Last Edited by unknown at 28 Jun 07:02
Scunthorpe

The ‘old fashiond’ ones are no longer on sale, so it is a case of using up all of those you’ve been hoarding in the cupboard before having to use the energy saving bulbs. I hate these as they take so long to ‘warm up’. I know the later ones are better but it is still like moonlight on a foggy day when you first turn them on.

ESW
Lincolnshire

Hmmmm…so basically you can’t recycle the old fashioned ones at all ?

Wakefield, West Yorks.

From our council website GW "Energy efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp and should be recycled at local recycling centres. Older style ‘incandescent’ bulbs aren’t recyclable and should be thrown away in your rubbish bin"

"Energy saving light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes contain small amounts of mercury, as mercury is a hazardous substance these types of lightbulbs should be disposed of sensibly and in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations".

Interesting that……

Bedford

Does anybody know anything about this ? Can you recycle light bulbs ? If so where ? Given they are made of glass and metal you would’ve thought so. Or does the tungsten filament (and whatever gas it is they’re full of) prohibit this ?

Last Edited by unknown at 27 Jun 22:47
Wakefield, West Yorks.
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