Fluorescent Light Globes

Fluorescent lights include tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). They are great energy savers and are long-lasting.

Over their lifespan they can save you a lot of money. However, they do contain small amounts of toxic mercury that can be harmful to humans and the environment.

With the phasing out of incandescent light globes there will be increasing numbers of fluorescent tubes and CFLs used in households and businesses. Over time these will eventually make their way into the waste stream resulting in a greater volume of mercury, with a potentially bigger impact on the environment.

In order to protect the environment it is important to ensure that fluorescent lights are disposed of correctly and not placed in household bins.

Do not place fluorescent tubes or CFLs in your recycling bin

Although the lights can be recycled they cannot be processed at the facility which deals with the items in the green recycle bin. If the fluorescent tubes or CFLs are placed in these bins they will contaminate the recycling process and will end up in landfill. Even worse they may break when placed in the bin, releasing the toxic mercury, posing a health hazard to workers at the facility sorting the recyclable material.



Fluorescent globe collection points

Fossicker's Tip Shop
Hanrahan Waste Minimisation Facility
Hanrahan Road, Albany

Kronkup Rural Transfer Station
Lower Denmark Rd, Kronkup

How are Fluorescent Globes Recycled ?

Fluorescent tubes and CFLs are safely recycled in a process that crushes and separates the materials and importantly captures the mercury.

The materials that make up the fluorescent lighting are transformed into clean, usable products.

What are fluorescent globes made into ?

Glass - Glass wool to make insulation batts for home and commercial use.

Aluminium - Cast into ingots for re-use in aluminium products, such as window frames.

Mercury - Used in dentistry, as amalgam fillings.

Phosphor Powder- used in the manufacture of fertiliser products.

Benefits of recycling fluorescent globes

TickReduces emissions of mercury into the environment.

TickRecovers resources such as glass, aluminium, mercury and phosphorous.

Download a copy of the Fluorescent Globe Recycling Brochure