Mercury-containing lamps should be treated as hazardous materials and should not be thrown in the garbage. Many municipalities have programs that accept household products that contain mercury. Some have implemented collection programs specifically for fluorescent bulbs, while others collect them as part of their household hazardous waste programs. If you wish to dispose of bulbs that were for personal use, you may wish to contact your local municipality or provincial authority for disposal information.
Tip: Keep your bulbs' original packaging and use it to store spent bulbs to prevent them from breaking in order to avoid mercury releases during transport to the disposal facility.
Depending on the circumstances and the quantities of waste, end-of-life fluorescent bulbs are in many cases classified as hazardous waste. This can be the case when commercial/industrial/institutional facilities generate waste fluorescent lamps. It is the responsibility of facility managers to be aware of the policies, legislation and initiatives that apply to their facility and the associated legal liability of the organization.
It is important that fluorescent lamps are properly disposed of in order to prevent mercury releases from the bulb. The best disposal method for fluorescent tubes is recycling. Used lamps must be handled carefully to ensure that they do not break or implode and release mercury. Fluorescent lamps should be left intact because of the dangers associated with mercury vapours, glass shards and dust. A convenient place to store lamps to prevent them from breaking is in the lamps' original packaging or in boxes that may be supplied by lamp recyclers.
At Shadow Lighting we can advise you as to where you can recycle your old Fluorescent tubes as well as you PL style bulbs. (remember they are fluorescent to!!) If you have any questions please give us a call at 604-372-2400.