Fluorescent Tube Disposal

Fluorescent Tube Disposal, Collection and Recycling

 

Wiser Recycling provides friendly, reliable fluorescent tube disposal services to a wide range of organisations including local authorities, producer compliance schemes, retailers, wholesalers, waste management companies and many other businesses.

We go the extra mile to ensure our clients get the service they need when they need it – whether you have 10 or 10,000 fluorescent tubes!

We offer a fully compliant and safe service for all types of lamps including fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent tubes, street lamps, LEDs and halogen lamps.
We recycle material that would otherwise be set to landfill, minimising your impact on the environment.

Free lamp collections

Wiser Recycling offers free lamp collections for large quantities of lamp waste in the North, South and East of England.

For smaller quantities, we only charge transport and consignment notes, processing your materials for free.  Contact our friendly, reliable team today to find out more.

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Fluorescent tube disposal services tailored to our clients

  • Compliance schemes
    We provide fluorescent tube disposal services to a number of compliance schemes. We can provide collection services for your clients across England and processing at our Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities in the North and East of England. Read about the fluorescent tube disposal services we provide to compliance schemes Recolight and Electrolink.
  • Local authorities
    We provide collections for all types of fluorescent tubes and household lamps from civic amenity sites/ household waste recycling centres. We are happy to supply fluorescent tube disposal containers where required. We can provide collection services or accept delivery to our Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities in the North and East of England for onward processing.
  • Wholesalers and retailers
    We collect fluorescent tubes and other lamp waste from lighting wholesalers and retailers either directly or on behalf of compliance schemes. We also accept deliveries to our Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities. We can de-lamp light fittings at those facilities, reducing the workload and space required at factories and stores, as well as minimising health & safety risks around the handling of hazardous wastes.
  • Waste management companies
    We work with waste management companies across England providing subcontracted fluorescent tube collections for your clients or taking delivery of waste lamps for onward processing.
  • Facilities management/ relamping
    Where you are replacing significant quantities of fluorescent tubes at the same time, we can provide fluorescent tube storage containers on a short term basis.
    We can provide lamp waste collections at times that suit you including out of hours with prior arrangement.
  • Businesses across the UK
    We provide a range of practical, cost effective options for the dry and safe storage of all types of fluorescent tubes in large or small quantities. We provide reliable collection services throughout England for all types of businesses and organisations including corporate offices, hospitals, universities and facilities management companies – whether you have 10 or 10,000 fluorescent tubes for disposal!
    We can also collect all your other WEEE. Click here for WEEE Recycling.

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Lamp recycling process

Our state-of-the-art recycling process crushes fluorescent tubes and other lamp waste, separating glass, plastics, metals and other materials for recycling and compliant disposal.  Read about the lamp recycling process that puts us light years ahead!

Let our friendly, reliable team take your lamp waste off your hands today! Contact us for a quote.

Got any other WEEE for disposal?

We will collect all your other waste electrical and electronic equipment at the same time. You only pay one consignment note fee and one transport fee for a full load, reducing your costs and environmental impact.

Contact us to find out more about a great solution for all your WEEE recycling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fluorescent tubes harmful?

Yes, but only if broken. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury, which can be dangerous if released so be careful not to break them. The mercury is used to transport electric currents through the bulb which is the reasoning for it being there. Mercury is toxic, and can cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other vital organs. Therefore, fluorescent tubes should always be disposed of properly. If you are ready to dispose of your fluorescent tubes then get in contact with us today.

What do I do if I break a fluorescent tube?

If you break a fluorescent tube you will need to start by evacuating the room, ensuring that no one walks through the breakage as they leave. Make sure that you open all windows and leave the room for at least 15 minutes. Then turn off any central heating systems or air conditioning.

If you broke the fluorescent tube on a hard surface then follow these steps:

  • Get some gloves and put them on before you touch anything.
  • Carefully collect the glass pieces and powder using stiff paper or cardboard.
  • Empty into a canning jar or sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape to pick up any remaining glass fragments and powder.
  • When you are sure that you have cleared it all, wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes.
  • Place the towels or wet wipes in the canning jar or sealed plastic bag.

We recommend that you DON’T use a vacuum or broom to clear the broken glass.

If you broke the fluorescent tube on carpet then follow these steps:

  • Get some gloves and put them on before you touch anything.
  • Carefully collect the glass pieces and powder using stiff paper or cardboard.
  • Empty into a canning jar or sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape to pick up any remaining glass fragments and powder.
  • Once the visible materials are removed, you can use a vacuum if needed.
  • Empty the vacuum into a sealed plastic bag.

Please be aware that the next several times that you vacuum your carpet, you should turn off any central heating systems or air conditioning, and open a window before getting started. Once you are done, it’s best to leave the window open for another 15 minutes before closing.

If you broke the fluorescent tube on any soft material e.g. clothes or bedding then follow these steps:

  • If any clothing or bedding came in direct contact with the broken tube, then it should be thrown away. Do not try to wash anything as it could contaminate the other items in your machine.
  • If any clothing or bedding has been exposed to mercury but not physically touched by it, then it can be washed.
  • If any mercury got on your shoes, then simply wipe it off with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Then place the towels or wet wipes in a canning jar or sealed plastic bag.

To dispose of the broken tube once cleaned up, it is best to immediately place it outside until you are ready to bring them to us or request collection for disposal.

Why do I have to dispose of my fluorescent tube lamps?

As mercury is a hazardous material, it needs to be disposed of. It’s not very safe to put it in your general waste or recycling bin.

How do I correctly dispose of fluorescent tube lamps?

Wiser Recycling offer free collections in certain areas for fluorescent tubes, so get in contact! We will dispose of the fluorescent tubes for you.