Energy efficient light bulbs can save you money and help the environment by using less electricity. They also don’t need to be replaced as often as less efficient bulbs which means reducing your quantity of waste too.

But the question is, how should your bulbs be disposed of? Can they be recycled? Where should they go? Here’s the basics…

Where can I recycle them?

Low energy light bulbs can be recycled at most larger recycling centres – check the recycling locator above to find your nearest.

Collection points are also available in some stores – so rather than make a special trip to the tip, you can now dispose of your old low energy bulbs whilst you’re shopping. Check the store locator to find your nearest collection point. Other stores that accept low energy light bulbs include Ikea and some branches of Tescos (that have special recycling units in-store).

How can businesses dispose of them?

Businesses or organisations that use fluorescent tubes should contact their local authority for advice on how to dispose of them safely. Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations fluorescent lamps are covered by “producer responsibility” and you can ask your supplier to arrange for recycling of old lamps.

How can I dispose of ‘old style’ light bulbs?

Old style incandescent bulbs are NOT recyclable.  Please throw them away in your general waste bin.
Important: Please don’t be tempted to recycle your old light bulbs with your glass bottles and jars. They are made from a different type of glass and also contain metal parts.


GLESC

Standard light bulbs should be disposed of in normal household waste. They cannot be recycled as with regular glass, as the fine wires in glass processing are very difficult to separate out and the cost to recycle these items is prohibitive.


CFL

Compact fluorescent lamps are energy saving light bulbs and do not belong in the rubbish bin. However there is no legislation that stops the public disposing them in their wheelie bin. They contain small amounts of mercury. Although this is completely safe for users of the lamps, they must be collected separately for disposal. This ensures that valuable parts of the lamps, such as glass and metal, are not lost. Every compact fluorescent carries an end of life recycling fee and you can find your local recycling point by clicking on our WEEE compliance scheme website – http://www.recolight.co.uk/FREE-Recycling/. The LAMP company are not listed as a general waste site but we are able to take back clients end of life lamps at no charge.


HALOGEN

Halogen Lamps should be disposed of in normal household waste. They cannot be recycled as with regular glass, as the fine wires in glass processing are very difficult to separate out.


LED

LED Lamps do not contain harmful substances but like CFLs do have an up front recycling charge applied to them if they are a retrofit lamp. These have an extremely long service life and they are virtually maintenance free. You should look for the disposal rules that apply to the equipment in which they are incorporated. Individual LEDs can be disposed of in household waste. The LAMP company are not listed as a general waste site but we are able to take back clients end of life lamps at no charge.


FLUOR

Fluorescent lamps are energy saving and do not belong in the rubbish bin. Every fluorescent tube carries an end of life recycling fee and you can find your local recycling point by clicking on our WEEE compliance scheme website – http://www.recolight.co.uk/FREE-Recycling/. They contain small amounts of mercury. Although this is completely safe for users of the lamps, they must be collected separately for disposal. Furthermore, it ensures that valuable parts of the lamps, such as glass and metal, are not lost. The LAMP company are not listed as a general waste site but we are able to take back clients end of life lamps at no charge.


Happy Recycling & Energy Saving!

You can also head over to our News Pages on Energy Saving Tips for more information.

If you’d like to discuss your energy efficiency please do not hesitate in getting in touch.  Ivy Link Partnership is an independent energy efficiency trainingconsultancy and auditing organisation working with businesses throughout the UK.

We provide a range of expert services to help businesses, public sector organisations and charities to reduce their energy consumption, costs and carbon foot print in the most effective and efficient way. If you’d like to have a cat with one our of friendly consultants, you can call us on 01858 414237 or email us at info@ivylink.co.uk


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