How can I recycle my fluoro tubes and globes?

Where can I recycle my fluoro tubes and globes?

Householders have several options:

  • Visit any Mitre 10 store or True Value Hardware store Mitre 10 and True Value Hardware now take a wide variety of household lights including halogen, incandescent and fluorescent globes.
  • Visit the Hazardous Household Waste Depot at the corner of Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek. It is open on the first Tuesday of every month from 9am - 12 noon.
  • Take the tubes and globes to a free Zero Waste SA/Local Council household hazardous waste collection. Licensed professional waste management contractors set up temporary collection points in metropolitan and country areas of the State. Or telephone Zero Waste SA on 8204 1947.
  • Take the tubes to DeLights at 37 Anzac Highway, Ashford or Ikea at 397 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Adelaide Airport.
  • Householders are advised not to place compact fluorescent globes or other fluorescent tubes in their kerbside recycling bin. These items need to be recycled by a company with a specific process. The mercury powder contained in them is a significant contamination concern for the broader recycling industry.

There are fee-for-service options available for commercial and industrial users to ensure their fluoro tubes and globes are diverted from landfill and recycled such as CMA Eco Cycle, Lamp Recyclers, Chemsal, Sylvania and SITA.

CMA Eco Cycle has programs in place with Adelaide City Council, City of Mt Gambier, City of Tea Tree Gully, City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, City of Marion, City of Prospect, Onkaparinga Council, Adelaide Hills Council, City of Whyalla, City of West Torrens, The Barossa Council and Alexandrina Council. In some case the programs are for residents but for others it is for lighting waste from the council’s facilities.