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Lighting Recycling

SUEZ's national light collection and recycling service provides businesses with a safe and efficient way of disposing of used fluorescent tubes, HID, CFL light globes and LED lights.

SUEZ is the first waste company in Australia to offer a recycling program for LED lights.


Fluorescent Lighting Recycling at a Glance

The safe collection and recycling of mercury-containing lamps is important in avoiding the serious impact of mercury entering the environment. If these products are disposed of to the landfill the mercury contained in one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water!

Collection Services

SUEZ provides a variety of options for the safe collection of used mercury-containing lighting waste as well as LED lights:

  • 4 and 5 foot fluorescent tube collection boxes that hold up to 50 and 100 tubes respectively
  • Lamp and globe boxes
  • Stillages for larger commercial sites

Acceptance Criteria

  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Fluorescent U-Tubes
  • Linear Fluorescent Lamps
  • Mercury Vapour Lamps
  • Metal Halide Lamps
  • Sodium Vapour Lamps
  • UV Lamps
  • LED tubes

What happens to recycled lights?

Tubes and globes are crushed and the material is sorted into individual components for resource recovery:

  • Aluminium from the tube ends is separated and then reused in the manufacturing of new products
  • Glass is recycled into glass wool used for home insulation
  • Mercury is distilled from phosphor powder and mainly used in dental amalgam
  • Phosphor powder is used in fertiliser

To help keep our environment safe and mercury out of landfills, SUEZ is proud to be a foundation signatory member of the national FluoroCycle scheme. Visit the FluoroCycle website to find out more information about this scheme.



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For an obligation-free quote or more information about our Lighting Recycling Services, please complete our 'Sales' online customer enquiry form.


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