We are all familiar with the long 'strip lights' or tubes that are seen above our heads on ceilings in all different kinds of businesses, and most of us forget they are there and only every have to cross paths with them once the die or break.
But did you know that they contain something actually rather nasty and could land you with a fine of up to £30,000 if you do not dispose of it correctly?
It's called Mercury and the amount from only one fluorescent lamp can contaminate up to 30,000 litres of water beyond a safe standard for drinking.
Over 100 million fluorescent and highway lamps used in the UK each year which produce in excess of 3,100 tonnes of waste material which, until recently, has ended up in landfill sites.
Although each lamp only contains a small amount or Mercury the sheer volume of waste means that large quantities of hazardous Mercury could find their way into our land and water supplies. As per the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 they are classed as Hazardous Waste and must be handled in accordance with the regulations.
So you can't just 'throw them out in the rubbish' anymore and as technology progresses more and more businesses will switch to more environmentally sound solutions such as LED bulbs and lamps. This means that when you dispose of you old tubes and lamps you will need to do it properly!
Acorn Waste Management provide various solutions for the safe onsite storage, collection and disposal of fluorescent lamps at your business ranging from small lamp coffins, to large lamp containers that hold thousands of tubes ideal for large factories and business sites.
Don't get fined get your lights, lamps and tubes disposed of correctly!
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