Fluorescent tubes

Typical items we accept:

Linear tubes

Energy-saving bulbs

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs),

Mercury, Metal halide and Sodium SON and SOX lamps


Background info:

The Mercury from a single Fluorescent Tube is enough to pollute 30,000 litres of water beyond the safe drinking level in the UK.  In July 2005 changes were made to the Hazardous Waste Regulations such that fluorescent tubes and other types of lamps were newly classified as hazardous waste items.  As such they should preferably be recycled or if absolutely necessary, taken to specific landfill sites which can cater for mercury bearing wastes.


McGrath Plastic Fluorescent Tube Recycling Solutions:

We offer a selection of containers suitable for the storage of spent light tubes and provide a collection service on an as-required basis.


How they are recycled:

Spent fluorescent light tubes are collected at our MRF where they are crushed in a state-of-the-art ‘tube eater’ machine that contains a built in particle filter and carbon absorption system to minimise exposure to mercury vapour and phosphor dust during the recycling process.


The materials are separated and recycled: the glass cullet is recovered and returned to the lamp manufacturing industry for recycling back into fluorescent tubes – the UK’s only closed-loop recycling process for fluorescent lamps.


 The mercury contaminated phosphor powder is distilled to produce pure mercury for re-use.


We offer a cradle to grave document trail which maintains the detailed records necessary by the Environmental Agency.



Relevant regulations: Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005; Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2007

% we recycle: 97.5% (Wiser)

% recycled in UK: 30% (2007)

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