Recycling Guide

Save the planet (and your money)

Why do light bulbs have to be recycled?

Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs are now classified as hazardous waste.

Lighting energy consumption in commercial applications can vary from as little as 5% to as much as 50% with traditional lighting.

As hazardous waste these broken bulbs are not allowed into landfill and so have to be recycled. The reason they are not allowed into landfill is that they contain mercury. Mercury is extremely toxic and seeps into the surrounding environment making its way into the groundwater.

Building back

Mercury from 1 single Fluorescent Tube is enough to pollute 30,000 Litres of Water beyond the safe drinking level in the UK.

The average Business could reduce its emissions by 1.8 tons of CO2 per year. And could save your business on average £688 per year.

Mercury from the groundwater eventually ends up in the sea . Where it is passed through the food chain. As a result predatory animals like Tuna end up with large concentrations of mercury as they eat all the smaller animals that contain lower concentrations. Which we eventually eat. ​
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What do WE do?

Quality Check Assurance

We are light years ahead when it comes to testing our products. 

We use a machine called a Goniophotometer. 

The “Blue Globe” measures the overall build of lighting products examining luminous efficiency to the pressure of the glass, using the machine ensures the luminaire is accurate to the specification on the box.

Luminaires are randomly selected from their containers to make sure each product is as good as the first. Testing is what makes our products reliable, more efficient and cost-effective for you. 

Packaging Line

We use 97.5% recyclable packaging in our warehouse, thanks to our delivery sparks! 

Switching over to recyclable material decreases our plastic wastage whilst increasing sustainability. Little changes from switching T8 tube packaging to cardboard have meant we add extra protection without cutting corners. 

Recyclable LEDs

LED’s are perfect for a sustainable future. 

LED’s are made of approximately 95% recyclable components.

LED’s do not contain significant amounts of any harmful components; they are classed as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant. 

Due to this compliance, LED’s are collected separately from commercial wastes or they can be disposed of in designated waste centers. In the UK there is a designated commission, WEEE, that deals with electrical waste and electronic equipment regulations.

What YOU can do!

Need advice on how recycling can help the environment and your business?. Our BrightsSpark experts can help guide you through the entire process.

In the Workplace

Replace Traditional Lighting with LED

LED lighting is 50-90% more efficient than conventional bulbs. LEDs use half as much energy as conventional lighting, leading directly to a 50-90% saving on your energy expenditures.

A switch-off schedule

The last person, to leave the building every evening? Ensure workers know which switches they need to turn off on their way out.

Ensure furniture is not blocking light

Move towering cupboards and filing cabinets away from windows, and don’t place them directly under lights.

Conduct an evaluation

Move towering cupboards and filing cabinets away from windows, and don’t place them directly under lights.

Dispose of lighting sustainably by using WEEE

Under the WEEE system, businesses must dispose of their electrical waste properly. If the lighting unit has a crossed-out wheelie bin symbol on it, do not dispose of it in your bin but instead take it to the nearest commercial waste recycling or WEEE Regulator.

Reduce electricity consumption on any budget:

Low-cost measures:

Staff awareness and maintenance can provide savings of up to 10%

Medium cost:

Lighting controls can provide savings of 30-50%

Higher cost:

Lighting upgrades from conventional lighting to LED technology can provide savings of up to 80% (depending on the efficiency of the existing technology) 

3 benefits of recycling lighting

LED lighting is 50-90% more efficient than conventional bulbs. LEDs use half as much energy as conventional lighting, leading directly to a 50-90% saving on your energy expenditures.

Keep harmful materials out of the environment

Save your business money

Recover non-renewable resources

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