Recycling lighting and lightbulbs

Recycling lighting, lamps and bulbs can be confusing – let’s clear things up.

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What types of lighting and lightbulbs can be recycled?

All domestic light fittings can be recycled, but the light bulbs have to be recycled separately because some contain potentially dangerous substances. So remember to remove all lightbulbs from their fittings when recycling lights and light fixtures.

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Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tube strip lights contain small amounts of mercury so it’s important they are recycled correctly – use our locator to find your nearest recycling point.

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Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury so it’s really important they are recycled correctly at your local recycling point.

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LED light bulbs

Many of the lightbulbs we all use now are LEDs – long lasting and energy efficient. All LEDs can be recycled including strings, and strips of LEDs. And don’t forget your broken Christmas tree lights!

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Halogen bulbs

Halogen bulbs can NOT be recycled. Please throw them away with your household rubbish.

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Incandescent light bulbs

Old fashioned incandescent bulbs can NOT be recycled. Please throw them away with your household rubbish.

Did you know?

Energy-saving light bulbs contain mercury

We can shed some light on this.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use up to 80% less energy than old fashioned incandescent bulbs, but to do this, they need a small amount of mercury which is why they can’t be thrown away in your bin.

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