Mercury is a toxic substance
Used lighting products are the largest source of mercury contamination in municipal landfills. With the phasing out of incandescent globes, the problem is becoming urgent.
Over 10,000 tonnes of mercury contaminated waste is contained in landfills across Australia. In landfill mercury can convert to methyl mercury; this toxic and volatile gas can easily escape into the environment.
Protecting the environment is important for all of us. Recycling fluorescent tubes and CFL globes is a simple and easy way to protect the environment from mercury poisoning.
- Fluorescent tubes and CFL globes are ideal for recycling
- Aluminium from the tube ends is separated and recycled into new aluminium products such as drink cans
- Glass is recycled into glass wool for home insulation batts
- The Mercury is distilled from the powders then re-used in the manufacture of dental amalgam
- Phosphor powder is used to manufacture agricultural fertilizer
Check out www.blinkybulb.com.au for your nearest Collection Point
CFL globes and fluorescent tubes can also be recycled at the Detox Your Home site at the Ballarat Transfer Station Gillies Street.