Cotswold District Council launches recycling points for low energy light bulbs

Cotswold District Council has introduced two recycling points in the reception areas at the Moreton Area Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Trinity Road headquarters in Cirencester

Low energy light bulbs save money and help the environment by using less electricity. However they contain a small amount of mercury which is hazardous - they have to be disposed of carefully and should not be put into household waste bins.

To offset this problem, Cotswold District Council has introduced two recycling points in the reception areas at the Moreton Area Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Trinity Road headquarters in Cirencester, and they can accept low energy light bulbs, halogen bulbs, sodium lamps and high intensity discharge lamps.

Although fluorescent tubes - which contain phosphorous and mercury - are also not suitable for disposal in household bins they cannot be recycled at the new points. Instead, residents should continue to take them to the Household Recycling Centres at Pyke Quarry, near Horsley, Fosse Cross, near Cirencester, or Brailes Road, Shipston-on-Stour.

How are bulbs recycled?

Lamps and tubes are crushed at a treatment plant and the mercury or phosphor powder is blown clean from the glass and metal. The extracted powder is then sent for recovery and the mercury and fine earth metals are sent for re-use. The segregated glass, metal and plastic components are forwarded to separate, specialist recycling centres.

Important: Old style light bulbs cannot be recycled with your glass bottles and jars as they are made from a different type of glass and also contain plastic and metal parts.

Posted: 14/07/2013 22:22:52

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