Residents can recycle their light bulbs at various locations across East Devon

We are demonstrating our commitment to the environment through collection boxes for the recycling of light bulbs.

We will be working alongside Recolight (a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment compliance scheme for the lighting industry), as well as town and parish councils to help residents recycle their low-energy bulbs.

The collection boxes, where residents can recycle their lightbulbs, can be found at various locations across East Devon including the reception areas of Knowle and Exmouth Town Council, the town councils of Axminster, Honiton and Ottery St Mary, plus the East Devon Business Centre and our new offices at Blackdown House, Honiton, due to open in early 2019.

Residents will simply need to slot their lightbulbs through the top of the collection boxes.

In addition to protecting the environment, recycling lightbulbs will also be beneficial to human health. If they are sent for incineration, the mercury inside the lightbulbs has to be safely recovered from flue gases to prevent it getting into the air. Phosphor, which is also present in fluorescent bulbs, can also be toxic.

Recycling, therefore, is vital in order for the lightbulbs to be safely handled. Reco-light recover these harmful substances and reuse them to make new lamps.

Councillor Steve Gazzard, a district councillor for the Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh ward, said:

I’m really pleased that East Devon District Council offers the collection boxes for these lights.

Residents have been putting these bulbs, containing mercury, into their grey wheeled bins, meaning they go for burning, so this is another good way for residents of East Devon to do even more recycling.

Find out more information on where residents can recycle their lightbulbs, on the East Devon website.