Can you recycle fluorescent tubes?


Yes, you can!
Seperate waste stream required

How to recycle fluorescent tubes at home

  1. No, fluorescent tubes can not currently be recycled at home, due to the mercury contained within the tubes.
  2. To dispose of fluorescent tubes, you should safely transport them to your local recycling centre, or hazardous waste centre.

How to recycle fluorescent tubes for your business

Fluorescent tubes will be recycled as hazardous waste due to the mercury used to make them. 

  1. Your waste management partner will provide you with safe and secure containers to store all hazardous waste.
  2. At an agreed and convenient time for your business, a collection of the content will be made using environmentally friendly vehicles.
  3. The hazardous waste is then transported to a site where it is separated and prepped for reprocessing.
  4. After undergoing processing, the waste is recycled into new products.



  • Use gloves when handling fluorescent tubes
  • Ensure all mains are off when removing fluorescent tubes
  • Use sticky tape to collect any fragments
  • Leave in an airtight container
  • Treat Fluorescent tubes as hazardous waste

Do not

  • Do not put fluorescent tubes in your household recycling bin
  • Do not vacuum Fluorescent tube fragments
  • Do not put Fluorescent tubes in recycling bins

The Hazardous Waste Recycling Process

We provide safe and secure hazardous waste containers

Your hazardous waste is collected by environmentally-friendly vehicles

Some waste types, like oils, can be recycled into fuels

Other streams are sent to energy from waste facilities for recovery

Energy recovered from your waste is fed back into the National Grid

Facts about fluorescent tubes

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