Mercury lighting recycling for householders (eco-bulbs and fluorescent tubes)
A free recycling service for energy saving lighting/compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes is available in Hamilton for householders at the Refuse Transfer Station on Lincoln Street.
These bulbs can also be dropped off to the Waikato Environment Centre at 242 Peachgrove Rd (please note a donation is requested to cover costs).
Energy saving lighting contains a small amount of mercury which makes it operate much more efficiently than incandescent and halogen lamps.
It has the greatest overall environmental life-cycle benefit despite containing mercury, but it needs to be disposed of carefully so it does not let the mercury escape and pollute air and water.
Broken tubes should go in the regular rubbish bin to minimise handling. As a precaution you should wear gloves when handling the broken lamp and open doors and windows to ventilate the room.
Put the broken pieces in a plastic bag then wrap with paper to prevent cuts. Wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up any smaller shards of glass, powder or liquid.
Dispose of the paper towels, gloves and any cloths used to clean the area by placing in a plastic bag with your household rubbish.
Do not vacuum the site as this can disperse the particles.