Compact fluorescent lighting

You can recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) at all Council resource recovery centres any day of the year, or at a household hazardous waste free drop off day. Alternatively businesses can have their CFL collected and recycled by private waste companies.


You can dispose of your CFL or fluorescent tube in your rubbish bin. It must be wrapped tightly in newspaper or put in the original box.


If you break a CFL (which has mercury) you must:

  • turn off ceiling fans and air conditioning units
  • put on a dust mask and use a utensil to collect broken glass and powder and put them in a plastic bag
  • wipe the area with a damp paper towel and put the paper towel in the plastic bag and seal it
  • avoid leaving any bulb fragments or clean up materials indoors
  • ventilate the room.

Do not use a vacuum to clean up as this can disperse the mercury.

Last updated: 16 February 2021

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