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WasteManaged specialise in al types of hazardous waste disposal and recycling.

That includes fluorescent tubes and lighting disposal.

Read our guide below to learn all you need to know about safely and affordably get rid of fluorescent items while following sustainable practices.

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How can I dispose fluorescent tubes?

Fluorescent tubes are a popular lighting option for many homes, businesses, and public places due to their energy efficiency and long lifespan.

However, it is important to note that fluorescent tubes also contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic substance that can pose a significant risk to the environment and human health if not disposed of properly.

To prevent the release of mercury into the environment, it is essential to properly dispose of fluorescent tubes.

Fortunately, there are several options available for safe disposal of these hazardous materials. Many municipalities offer special hazardous waste collection programs where residents can drop off their fluorescent tubes for safe disposal.

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Additionally, some hardware and home improvement stores offer recycling programs for fluorescent tubes.

When disposing of fluorescent tubes, it is important to handle them with care to prevent breakage. Always wrap the tubes in newspaper or bubble wrap before placing them in a box for transportation.

If a fluorescent tube does break, it is essential to follow proper clean-up procedures to avoid mercury exposure.

In addition to proper disposal, there are other ways to minimise the environmental impact of fluorescent tubes. Consider switching to LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient and do not contain hazardous materials like mercury.

LED bulbs are also more durable than fluorescent tubes, which means they last longer and require less frequent replacement.

Overall, while fluorescent tubes are a popular lighting option, it is essential to properly dispose of them to avoid harm to the environment and human health.

By following the proper guidelines for disposal and considering alternative lighting options like LED bulbs, we can help protect the environment and promote a safer, healthier future for all.

Avoid breaking of flourescent lighting and tubes

If you accidentally break a fluorescent tube, the first step is to evacuate the area and open any nearby windows to allow for proper ventilation.

Do not touch the broken glass with your bare hands, as this can lead to mercury exposure.

Instead, wear gloves and use a broom and dustpan to carefully sweep up the broken glass and debris. Place the broken pieces and debris into a sealed plastic bag and label it as hazardous waste.

When a fluorescent tube is broken or improperly disposed of, the mercury inside can leak out and contaminate the environment.

Once in the environment, mercury can accumulate in the food chain, resulting in harmful effects on wildlife and humans.

Mercury exposure can cause a variety of health problems, including neurological damage, kidney damage, and developmental problems in children.

Is fluorescent tubes recycling possible?

Yes, fluorescent tube recycling is possible and strongly recommended to help reduce environmental pollution and conserve resources.

Fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health and the environment if not properly disposed of.

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Recycling fluorescent tubes involves breaking down the tube into its component parts, such as the glass, metal end caps, and phosphor powder, and separating them for recycling. The mercury can also be safely extracted and reused.

Fluorescent tube recycling can be done through specialised recycling companies or through local household hazardous waste programs. Many hardware stores and lighting retailers also offer recycling services for fluorescent tubes.

It is important to handle fluorescent tubes carefully to prevent breakage and release of mercury. Broken fluorescent tubes should be handled with care and disposed of as hazardous waste.

Do WasteManaged handle fluorescent lamp disposal?

Yes we provide flourescent tube disposal, as well as recycling & disposal of all waste types for businesses from countless sectors.

Recycling your fluorescent tubes not only helps protect the environment but also supports sustainable manufacturing processes.

By recycling the glass, metal, and phosphor powder from the tubes, we can conserve valuable resources and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

But that’s not all – recycling fluorescent tubes also prevents the release of harmful mercury into the environment. M

ercury is a toxic metal that can contaminate water, soil, and air, posing a significant risk to human health and wildlife.

WasteManagedonly use specialised recycling facilities, we use state-of-the-art technology to safely and efficiently recycle fluorescent tubes.

Our process involves breaking down the tubes into their component parts and separating them for recycling. We also safely extract and reuse the mercury contained in the tubes.

Not sure how to dispose of your fluorescent tubes? We offer convenient and affordable recycling services for businesses and households.

We can even provide collection and transport services to make the process as hassle-free as possible.

Join us in our mission to protect the environment and promote sustainability by recycling your old fluorescent tubes.


Contact us today to learn more about our recycling services and start making a positive impact on the planet!

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