Recycling lights and light bulbs

With the dazzling range of lighting and lamps available, it’s no surprise that recycling lights and light bulbs can be confusing. So let’s clear things up.

Hand holding a compact fluorescent lightbulb. Recycling lighting and lightbulbs starts with finding out which type of bulb you have. Hand holding a compact fluorescent lightbulb. Recycling lighting and lightbulbs starts with finding out which type of bulb you have.

Recycling lights and light bulbs – a simple guide

All domestic light fittings can be reused or recycled, but we need to recycle bulbs separately. This is because some light bulbs contain potentially dangerous substances. So remember to remove all light bulbs from their fittings when recycling lights and lightbulbs.

Fluorescent tube icon. Recycling lighting and lightbulbs starts with finding out which type of bulb you have.

Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tube strip lights contain small amounts of mercury – so it’s important to recycle them safely. Use our locator to find your nearest recycling point.

Graphic of a CFL lightbulb. Recycling lights and lightbulbs starts with finding out which type of bulb you have.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury – so remember to recycle them safely at one of your local recycling points.

Graphic of an energy-saving LED lightbulb. Recycling lights and lightbulbs starts with finding out which type of bulb you have.

LED light bulbs

LEDs are long lasting and energy efficient. What’s more, all LEDs can be recycled, including strips of LEDs and even broken Christmas tree lights.. We are big fans of LEDs!

Graphic of a halogen lightbulb. Recycling lights and lightbulbs starts with finding out which type of bulb you have.

Halogen bulbs

Halogen bulbs can NOT be recycled. So sadly these materials cannot be reused. Just throw them away with your household rubbish.

Graphic of an incandescent lightbulb, which cannot be readily recycled.

Incandescent light bulbs

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

How to recycle light bulbs

Here’s what to do with old light bulbs and light fittings

ASK

What type of light bulb do you have? (See our guide, above.) If you have halogen and incandescent bulbs, wrap them in paper and put them in your general waste bin. For all others read on.

BAG IT

Bag up any LED bulbs or compact fluorescents (CFLs) ready for your next visit to a recycling centre – or until collection day, if you have one.

CHECK

Lastly, find your nearest recycling point using our electrical recycling locator. Some councils will also collect directly from your home. It’s that easy.

Recycling locator

Where to recycle old light bulbs

Rrecycling of lights and lightbulbs helps with proper disposal of materials such as mercury, which is present in some types of bulb

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. This is why we musn’t throw them in the general rubbish bin.

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