- Last updated:
- 01 Dec 2016
Many households now use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
Generally these lamps can be disposed of as regular household waste, however there are other disposal options.
Disposing of fluorescent lamps
Queensland Health advises disposing of fluorescent lamps in the regular waste bin is a suitable option. The small amounts of mercury used in these new lamps makes the recovery of mercury difficult and expensive. People who would like to use a more environmentally friendly method of disposal can drop the lamps at one of council's resource and recovery centres or transfer stations. There is a $2 charge per lamp or fluorescent tube, which covers the cost of a contractor collecting them and recycling them in an environmentally responsible way.
Do not place CFL's in the recycling bin as they can break and contaminate other recyclables.
Recycling fluorescent lamps
Businesses with large volumes of fluorescent lamps can have them collected and recycled by private companies such as:
- CMA ecocycle – call 1300 326 292 to arrange a collection.
- SITA Environmental Solutions – call 13 13 35 to arrange a collection.
View the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) Disposal Fact Sheet
Visit the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website to obtain more information regarding CFLs and mercury.
Visit the FluoroCycle website to obtain more information on Lamp recycling services website to obtain more information
View the Department of Enviornment website to obtain more information on Safe disposal of mercury-containing lamps