Recycle your fluoro lights

Lismore City Councils water education officer, Kevin Trustum, is encouraging people to utilise the fluorescent tube recycling service.

Lismore residents are doing their bit to keep highly-toxic mercury from fluorescent tubes out of the landfill at Lismores Wyrallah Road Waste Facility.

Northern Rivers Waste manager Phil Klepzig said not everyone was aware that fluorescent tubes and bulbs and high-intensity discharge lamps contained mercury, a highly toxic pollutant.

It is essential that mercury does not enter the environment and thats why the collection and recycling of these lighting products is important, Mr Klepzig said.

Thousands of fluorescent tubes and bulbs have already been collected and recycled.

Fluorescent lighting collection bins are located at the Wyrallah Road Waste Facility, at the Council Chambers in Goonellabah and the CBD office in Magellan Street.

The service is free for small volumes but a small charge applies for bulk quantities.

All types of fluorescent tubes and bulbs are accepted, along with mercury-vapour globes and metal halide globes. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are not accepted.


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