Fluorescent tubes contain heavy metals that are toxic, and impose a major risk to human health and the environment. The unsafe disposal of mercury-containing products leads to the contamination of our food chain.
SUEZ's national light collection and recycling service provides businesses with a safe and efficient way of disposing of used fluorescent tubes, HID, CFL light globes and LED lights.
The safe collection and recycling of mercury-containing lamps is important in avoiding the serious impact of mercury entering the environment. If these products are disposed of to the landfill the mercury contained in one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water.
Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.
Tubes and globes are crushed and the material is sorted into individual components for resource recovery:
What happens to fluorescent tubes and globes?