Australia’s largest streetlight recycling initiative has been completed

Lighting the Regions, the largest streetlight replacement partnership of its type in Australia, has been completed.

Over 22,600 residential and shared streetlights across 45% of regional Victoria have been replaced by more energy efficient lighting. Ecocycle is now in the process of safely recycling all of those thousands of lamps to ensure an outstanding environmental outcome.

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

The $11.6 million project involved 16 regional councils that will enjoy massive energy savings of up to 77% on the cost of power to light those street lamps. Additional savings come through reduced operating and maintenance costs, so it’s an investment that will deliver rewards for decades to come. In fact, the councils involved expect to save $57 million in energy costs alone over the next 20 years.

Mercury, metal and glass recovery

Initial waste processing was performed by organisations in Mildura, Bendigo and Horsham, helping to create jobs in the region. The globes were all then shipped to Ecocycle’s Melbourne facility where specialist equipment is used to safely recover glass, metals and mercury, all of which are recycled for further reuse.

Mercury bonus

Ecocycle’s main focus is on preventing the mercury contained in the old streetlights from ending up in the environment. However, the energy savings delivered by the new low-energy lighting provides an additional bonus on the mercury front. Coal-fired power stations are a major source of mercury pollution, so that big reduction in energy demand for street lighting leads to a similar reduction in mercury released into the atmosphere.

Upgrading your lighting?

Lighting the Regions is a great example of how several different organisations can work together to achieve a fantastic result. To find out how we can help with your energy efficiency improvement program, give us a call on 1300 32 62 92, or fill out the form below and one of our lighting recycling experts will be in touch.

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