One fluorescent tube contains enough mercury to contaminate 30,000 litres of water beyond safe levels.
Fluorescent Tubes on average consist of 94% glass tube, 4% metals, and 2% phosphor powder. Contained within the phosphor powder is highly hazardous mercury.
On the 16th July 2005 with the introduction of the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 the Environment Agency deemed that fluorescent tubes should be classified as Hazardous Waste in England and Wales, and special waste by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. As a result of this all fluorescent tubes should be recycled and only as a last resort, taken to a landfill site which can accept hazardous waste containing mercury. The number of sites that can accept such wastes in the UK is dwindling, allied to high fuel prices and prohibitive disposal costs, makes fluorescent tube recycling the most economically viable and environmentally sound option.
The environmental benefits of fluorescent tube recycling are self-evident, however it is important to remember the health and safety implications of poorly thought out fluorescent tube disposal. Should you or one of your employees attempt to dispose of a fluorescent tube in a general waste skip or wheelie bin, then the whole load will have to be classified as hazardous waste due to contamination. In addition, you will have also failed to undertake your duty of care.
We can supply various sized fluorescent tube containers to allow the safe storage on site before collection is required to prevent breakages and ensure staff safety.
We can recycle the following types of lamps and bulbs:-
- Fluorescent Tubes
- Sodium Lamps
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
- Energy Saving Bulbs
If you require a quotation for the disposal and recycling of fluorescent tubes please do not hesitate to contact us now.