Some bulbs can be disposed of at home, others should be taken to your local recycling centre (RC).
Which home bin
Do not put any type of light bulb or tube in your home recycling bin.
The 2 types of bulb that can be wrapped to avoid them shattering and placed in your general waste are:
All other types of bulb should be taken to your local RC because they are classed as hazardous waste.
Which RC container
This depends on the type of bulb or tube:
- For LED bulbs, use the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) container.
- For low energy bulbs and fluorescent tubes and bulbs, ask staff at the centre.
Which RC accept this waste
All our recycling centres accept light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs are classed as hazardous waste because they contain mercury.
These items contain valuable materials such as glass and metals which can be recycled into new products.