Where to dispose of old lights?

Where to dispose of old lights?

The best way to dispose of the light globes depends upon their type.

Fluorescent tubes, compact fluoros (CFLs), HIDs and metal halides all contain mercury and need to be recycled through council, commercial or community programs that safely separate the different elements. Search for options in your area below.  There is a specific globe recycling program in South Australia and toxic waste programs in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania that collect CFLs. 

Incandescent globes and halogens can be recycled through some of these programs or can simply be wrapped in paper and disposed of in the garbage bin. They are made from low value and non-toxic materials which makes recycling them very difficult.  

Check with your council if LED lamps are on their list of recyclables and where they can be left. Some councils see them as “e-waste”. If your council doesn’t accept lighting waste for recycling, try recyclingnearyou.com.au to see if there are alternative lighting recycling options available in your area.