Fluro tube and globe recycling

Fluorescent lamps contain up to 15mg of mercury. While the risk of mercury poisoning from broken lights is low, 95% of mercury contained in waste lights in Australia end up in landfills which poses a significant environmental concern.

Over time, mercury in landfills converts to methylmercury, a toxic chemical that spreads into the environment via air, water and soil.

The mercury from one fluorescent tube is enough to pollute 30,000 litres of water. To avoid mercury entering the environment, fluorescent lights must be collected and recycled safely. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The remaining glass and metals are also recycled.

Waste lights contain several other materials that can also be recycled. Aluminium from tube ends can be recycled for use as cast products, phosphor powder is used in fertiliser, and glass is recycled.

You can dispose of your waste lights for free by dropping them off at the Albury Recycling Centre.

Lamps that can be recycled are:

  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • Fluorescent U-Tubes
  • Linear Fluorescent lamps
  • Mercury vapour lamps
  • Metal halide lamps
  • Sodium vapour lamps
  • UV lamps
  • LED tubes

Applicable Fees & Charges

AlburyCity residents are not charged a fee at the community recycling centre for disposing of fluorescent lights.

It is a condition of free acceptance that recyclable materials be separated and placed in the supplied recycling areas. Sorting your load to separate general waste and recyclables is recommended.