Through the Zero Waste SA BackLight Household Light Globe Recycling Program, Mitre 10 stores will take back used or unwanted light globes from householders (not commercial users) for recycling, free of charge.
Mitre 10 stores in our Council area are: 140 Trimmer Parade Seaton and 374 Grange Road Kidman Pk. Go to http://www.mitre10.com.au/My-Mitre-10/Store-Locator-Search/search/SA to find the nearest store.
Each Mitre 10 has recycling boxes located behind the checkout registers. Customers can bring in their old light globes and give them to staff.
Householders are advised not to place compact fluorescent globes or other fluorescent tubes in their kerbside recycling bin. These items need to be recycled with a specific process. The mercury powder contained in them is a significant contamination concern for the broader recycling industry.
With each option the recovered aluminium and mercury will be used to make new light globes, the phosphor powder into fertiliser and the glass will be re-used into a variety of glass products.
The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 will ban fluorescent and other mercury containing lighting from landfill, from September 2012 in metropolitan Adelaide, and September 2013 for the rest of the State.
There are fee-for-service options available for commercial and industrial users to ensure their fluoro tubes and globes are diverted from landfill and recycled such as CMA Ecocycle, Lamp Recyclers, Chemsal, or CYL recycle.