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Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

How to dispose of light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

A light bulb.

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:

    • incandescent
    • halogen.

    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.

  • Safety information

    Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs are classed as hazardous waste because they contain mercury.

  • Further information

    These items contain valuable materials such as glass and metals which can be recycled into new products.

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