A new service called Fluoro Collect, to fully recycle fluorescent lights and keep harmful mercury out of landfill, was launched in the Goulburn Valley in 2013.
Councils now have a ‘tube terminator’ at their disposal to process both compact fluorescent globes and fluorescent tubes. The tube terminators not only keep mercury out of landfill, but also enable valuable metals and elements to be recycled. The tube terminators are located at council transfer stations, and can process thousands of florescent lights in a safe manner.
Fluoro Collect is delivered through a collaborative partnership between Sustainability Victoria’s Driving Investment for New Recycling initiative, GVWRRG and its six regional member councils:
- Greater Shepparton City Council
- Campaspe Shire
- Mitchell Shire
- Moira Shire
- Murrindindi Shire
- Strathbogie Shire.
Fluorescent lighting is the most popular form of residential lighting in Australia. Most people are aware of its benefits, however there is little information on its hazards and correct disposal methods. It is estimated that as little as 2% of fluorescent tubes are recycled annually, with an estimated 70 million lights being sent to landfill per annum in Australia.
The project aims to capture 200,000 fluorescent globes over the first three years of the project. The estimated 200,000 lights will result in an overall weight of 14 tonne being diverted from landfill and recycled. This will also equate to approximately 5kg of mercury being recycled.
Residents can drop off their fluorescent globes at participating council’s transfer stations.