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    • CommentAuthorpmusgrove
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2014
     
    I am trying to recycle CFLs and hitting a brick wall. The nice assistant in B & Q told em to chuck it in the bin outside when I asked if they collected the dead ones back in. Anyone had any greater success in recycling them or are they all "chucked in the bin"?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2014
     
    Our LA recycling centre has a separate place to put them. Same place as fl tubes
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2014
     
    Posted By: tonyOur LA recycling centre has a separate place to put them. Same place as fl tubes
    Mine too, but they now charge for plasterboard, tyres and 'rubble' amongst other things, so may soon be charging for them.
    There has been a lot more fly tipping recently.
    • CommentAuthorpmusgrove
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2014
     
    Ours doesn't but will ask there next time I am delivering "stuff". Thanks
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    Our local Tesco has a recycling bin for CFLs and fl tubes next to the recycle bin for batteries.

    - But it might be a bit far for you to travel to get rid of a few CFLs
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2014
     
    I suspect most fluorescent-lamp bins are more about 'safe disposal' than recycling.

    Is anyone aware of a facility, anywhere, that reclaims mercury from standard and compact fluorescents?

    And is there anything recyclable in CFL electronics? Presumably no gold and very little copper...
    • CommentAuthorTimSmall
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2014
     
    There is definitely one in the UK which recovers mercury - there's a bit about it in this podcast (BBC World Service elements series) BTW - the Silicon (Solar) and Lithium episides are also worth a listen.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/elements.mp

    http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/elements/elements_20140714-1200c.mp3

    20 minutes into that mp3...
    • CommentAuthoratomicbisf
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2014
     
    Bath and North East Somerset recycling and refuse centres take them so I would think it might be pretty standard.
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2014
     
    Posted By: TimSmallThere is definitely one in the UK which recovers mercury
    Thanks! I thought someone might know. Not a complete waste of time returning them, then.

    What about the rare earth phosphors, then? :bigsmile: Do they recover those? Or are lanthanum and yttrium common as dirt? http://www.lamptech.co.uk/Documents/FL%20Phosphors.htm
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