Energy saving lights and other compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and tubes contain a small amount of mercury. To dispose of them safely - they need to be recycled.
To recycle these lights - drop them off at our Geelong Resource Recovery Centre.
There is no charge for domestic quantities.
What happens to recycled lights?
- Aluminium from the tube ends is separated and recycled into new aluminium products such as drink cans.
Glass is recycled into glass wool for home insulation batts.
The mercury is distilled from the powders then re-used in the manufacture of dental amalgam.
Phosphor powder is used to manufacture agricultural fertilizer.
Find out how to choose the right fluorescent lighting.
To dispose of incandescent globes - wrap them in paper and placed in your household rubbish bin.