Lighting containing mercury to be recycled under NSW Energy Savings Scheme

Electrical contractors involved in commercial lighting upgrades under the New South Wales Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) need to know about a recent change to its rules.

As of 15 May 2016, all lighting equipment containing mercury that is replaced as part of this program must be recycled.

The ESS Rule amendments fact sheet can be downloaded here. It stipulates that mercury-containing lighting “must be recycled in accordance with the recycling requirements of a product stewardship scheme such as ‘Fluorocycle’ or equivalent.”

What you need to do

If you are affected by this rule change all you need to do is call us on 1300 32 62 92 or fill out the form below.

Ecocycle is Australia’s most experienced mercury recycler, and we have been part of the Fluorocycle product stewardship scheme since its inception.

We can tailor a lighting recycling solution to whatever scale you require and can even take care of old ballasts, lighting frames and wiring.

Importantly, as an approved recycler, we provide proof of recycling as evidence of your compliance with the ESS Rules.

More than just rules

The new ESS recycling requirement applies to projects occurring within the Metropolitan Levy Area.

This covers many regional centres in NSW as well as Sydney, so even if you feel that you’re out in the bush, the rule change may still apply to you. The affected postcodes can be found in table A25 on page 74 of the current rules.

Of course, that doesn’t prevent service providers undertaking projects outside of the stipulated areas from recycling fluorescent bulbs and tubes.

Given the ease with which fluorescent lamps recycling can be arranged right around Australia, it makes sense to recycle fluorescent tubes and all other types of mercury-containing lighting wherever this waste is being generated.

Get started today

So, get on board. Contact Ecocycle and we’ll have you making a truly valuable contribution to a cleaner environment in no time.


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