These contain small amounts of mercury and are potentially toxic to the environment. They should not be disposed of in your normal rubbish. You should handle them carefully. When buying new, ask your retailer if they will take them back as part of a Retail Take Back Scheme. Alternatively you may take them to your nearest household waste recycling centre.
Low energy light bulbs
These are essentially miniature fluorescent bulbs and contain very small amounts of mercury. When buying new, see if the retailer will take the old one back as part of a Retail Take Back Scheme. Alternatively you can take them to your nearest household waste recycling centre and give them to one of the site attendants, who will arrange to place them with fluorescent tubes for recycling.
If you break a bulb official advice from the Department of the Environment says that the room should be evacuated for at least 15 minutes. A vacuum cleaner should not be used to clear up the debris and care should be taken to not inhale dust. Instead, rubber gloves should be used and the broken bulb put into a sealed plastic bag – which should be taken to your nearest household waste recycling centre.
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