Disposal of Redundant Lamps

by Steve on October 4, 2009


Eco Friendly Disposal & Recycling


Why recycle lamps?
Recycling specialists Envirogreen say:

Research shows that there are more than 100 million fluorescent and highway lamps used in the United Kingdom each year which produce in excess of 3,100 tonnes of waste material which, until recently, has ended up in landfill sites.

Even though each lamp only contains a small amount or mercury the sheer volume of waste means that large quantities of hazardous mercury could find their way into our land and water supplies.

The mercury from only one fluorescent tube can contaminate up to 30,000 litres of water beyond a safe standard for drinking.

The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, which came into force in July 2005, incorportated the European Waste Catalogue definitions to assess waste, under these definitions fluorescent tubes are classed as Hazardous Waste and MUST be handled in accordance with the regulation”.

Lamp Recycling is not just about recycling the product, it is a total package protecting the environment as well.


How are lamps recyled

Balcan Engineering are a leading manufacturer of lamp crushing machines.

Watch this video to learn how the recycling process works.



 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Electrical and electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Around 1.8 million tonnes are generated every year.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations aim to reduce the amount of this waste going to landfill and improve recovery and recycling rates.

You will need to comply with the WEEE Regulations if you:

  • manufacture or import electrical or electronic equipment

  • distribute electrical or electronic equipment

  • generate any electrical or electronic waste

  • collect electrical or electronic waste from your customers for treatment or disposal

  • operate a waste treatment facility

  • export electrical or electronic waste.

You may be prosecuted if you fail to comply with the regulations.



You may find that you are charged for disposal when you purchase new lamps.

Many electrical suppliers offer a collection & disposal service which is free of charge.

Ask your supplier about lamp disposal or contact a recycling specialist.

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Dave October 4, 2011 at 15:50

Thanks for this article. I am an electrician in Alberta Canada and we have the same thing going on. People don’t understand that proper disposal is highly important for both the environment and saving materials that can be reused!


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