All energy efficient lamps, also known as fluorescent, together with sodium (Son/Sox) lamps contain mercury, a naturally occurring element which has known toxic properties that are pervasive in the environment.
The mercury from one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water to beyond a safe level for drinking.
Disposal of fluorescent tubes, discharge lamps and all other lamps used in our buildings or surroundings is an environmental problem for the Isle of Man.
Spent lamps are classified as hazardous waste and disposing of them with your general commercial waste is an offence under the Public Health Act 1990.
Although not currently a statutory requirement in the Isle of Man to recycle lamps, EU and UK Legislation for disposal is fast moving towards recycling. Landfill is becoming more expensive and waste disposal charges are now levied directly to organisations by the Island’s Local Authorities. Many organisations already consider it unacceptable to dispose of lamps with their general waste.
The recycling process separates the component parts, namely glass, metals and mercury, which are then reused in other industries.
Luminaires offers a Bulb and Lamp Recycling Service and are authorised to move your waste.
Luminaires offer a True Closed Loop lamp recycling scheme where the individual components are separated out and the recycled mercury is re-used in the production of new lamps and the other materials are recycled or re-used.
All energy efficient lamps, that is fluorescent and high intensity discharge lamps contain mercury, a naturally occurring element that is pervasive in the environment.
The mercury from one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water, making it unsafe to drink for people or animals. It is important that lamps and other products containing mercury be properly managed at the end of their life to protect public health and the environment.
Having your Lamps recycled minimises health and safety risks to your personnel.
Your obligations – Duty of Care
You can no longer dispose of lamps containing mercury and sodium along with your general waste and to do this you will be committing an offence under the Public health Act 1990.
Luminaires are the first company in the Isle of Man to offer an audited service to local businesses and organisations for the recycling of all lamps that comply with Waste Management requirements.
If your business uses fluorescent or sodium lighting, it is now considered a producer of hazardous waste and as such is accountable for the safe disposal of the lamps. It is your responsibility (as a producer of hazardous waste) to ensure that you select a recycling company that is authorised to move your waste.
Spent fluorescent & sodium tubes are classified as hazardous waste by the EC.
All lamps -fluorescent tubes, discharge lamps, halogen lamps, GLS.
You commit to use the scheme for 12 months.
We can provide a recycling container appropriate to your needs in which you deposit your used unbroken lamps.
We then visit your premises on a regular basis whereby we will sort, count and remove the lamps. Before we leave we ask you to sign the collection form confirming what we have removed. This is very important as this process transfers your responsibility for the disposal of the waste to ourselves. We will then invoice you as per our charges.
All we ask of you is that:
We then transport the lamps to the recycling plant.
No, unfortunately not. We use the nearest recycling plant which is in the North-West of England
They are taken and broken down and the parts re-used in lighting and other industries.
Prices vary subject to the size of the business, volume of lamps collected and the amount of collection points.
Prices will be discussed and agreed directly with Luminaires before proceeding.
Yes, Luminaires are authorised by the UK Environment Agency to transport
hazardous waste across the sea and then to the recycling plant.
In order to collect and transport this hazardous waste you have to be licensed by the UK Environment Agency, which sets down certain criteria.
You also have to place a monetary bond with the Environment Agency to cover the cost of recovery should spillage occur during transport. Recycling plants will only accept hazardous waste from a correctly licensed company.
Businesses who choose the recycling options can expect a number of benefits:
Not at this moment in time as the EFW plant is not licensed to accept them.
The Recycling route (under TFS shipments) is currently the only option available.
Yes, bring along your unbroken lamps to Luminaires between 9am and 5pm on Monday to Friday and we will accept them for recycling at a charge of £1.50 per lamp plus VAT.
Alternatively you can take the lamps to one of the Islands four Civic Amenity sites. (nb this only available to private households).
Yes, we operate a policy of recommending energy efficient solutions and can supply replacement bulbs.
To join the Luminaires lamp recycling programme please contact us.