South Australia is widely recognised as a leader in recycling and waste reduction.
Its famous 10 cent deposit on drinks containers has been in place since 1975 and checkout-style plastic bags were given the flick in 2009.
Since 2010, bans on dumping a growing list of waste types in landfill have given recycling rates a further boost.
The South Australian bans are pretty broad, from paper, cardboard and a range of plastics, through medical waste and liquid waste to “vegetative matter collected by councils”.
While the rest of the country slowly rolls out a product stewardship program that is designed to reduce the amount of e-waste going to landfill over time, South Australia simply introduced an outright ban on dumping of TVs, computer monitors and other electrical or electronic equipment.
With a history like that it’s not surprising to see that, when it comes to the disposal of fluorescent lights and other types of lighting that contains mercury, dumping them in landfill has been banned since September 2012.
Australia’s Greenest Sparkies
Maybe it’s the landfill ban, or maybe it just that South Australians are more switched on to doing the right thing when it comes to waste in general.
Either way, the result is that sparkies in South Australia are the nation’s leaders when it comes to fluorescent light recycling. It also helps that it is incredibly easy to recycle fluorescent bulbs and tubes, wherever you are in Australia.
Hop On The Fluorescent Tube Recycling Bandwagon
While South Australia may be the frontrunner in banning a wide range of wastes from landfill, other states are following. The Minamata Convention means that the disposal of all types of mercury waste, including fluoro lighting, will be under closer scrutiny.
But there’s no need to wait for the law to lead the way.
We all know that mercury is bad for the environment, and thousands of Aussie tradies are already doing the right thing when it comes to fluorescent light tubes disposal. It’s easy to join them.
Just fill out the form or give us a call and we’ll have you recycling fluorescent tubes and bulbs, vapour lamps and high intensity discharge lamps and pretty much any type of lighting waste in no time.