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Why Recycling Fluorescent Tubes Correctly is so Important

by | Aug 5, 2016 | Waste Electrical | 0 comments

Fluorescent tubes are classed as hazardous waste due to the mercury (and other hazardous gases) contained in the tubes and it is illegal for them to be disposed of in landfill sites.

This is why fluorescent tubes need to be disposed of under WEEE regulations to ensure the hazardous material is dealt with and recycled correctly. When lamps that contain mercury end up in landfill sites, this can be extremely harmful to the environment (not to mention people) as the substance can leach into groundwater or escape into the atmosphere.

There is no reason for fluorescent tubes to be sent to landfill as almost every part of the tube can be recycled – the glass can be turned into new glass products or used for concrete filler, the metal caps can be recycled into new metal products and even the internal coating of the tubes can be used for paint pigments. The hazardous gases are removed safely during the breakdown process of the tubes and these gases can then be used again in new lamps. By disposing of fluorescent tubes correctly, you will not only help prevent hazardous materials from entering the environment, but you will also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill sites and ensure your company complies with WEEE regulations.

Using a professional company such as Orion to recycle your waste products ensures that whatever you dispose of will be dealt with appropriately and meet compliance and regulation standards. This will give you peace of mind that your waste material is being disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way. You can find out more about Orion’s compliance and accreditations here.

Orion’s status as a specialist recycling company has recently been recognised by LampShopOnline, a national online light bulb retailer, which has put together a Guide to Fluorescent Tube Recycling in London. Orion has been included in the Hire a Waste Specialist section of the guide, which features facts on recycling fluorescent tubes plus advice on how to prepare old tubes for collection, as well as information on WEEE. The fluorescent tube recycling guide covers where businesses based in London can recycle their old tubes and includes council waste disposal sites, plus details of specialist waste companies in London.

As a waste management company that specialises in recycling, Orion can help with WEEE recycling in London and can organise businesses hazardous waste to be collected in compliance with WEEE regulations.

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