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Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Programme

Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Programme
 
New MessageTo enhance the public awareness in the recycling of fluorescent lamps & tubes, EPD has launched a Helpdesk with Hotline (5575 4068) with effective from 1 March 2017. Service Hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday. We commissioned Business Environment Council to operate the Hotline and help the public if they would like to recycle fluorescent lamps & tubes. Property management / representatives of housing estates and buildings interested to participate in the Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Programme are welcome to call the Hotline to enquire for more information and register.
 
 

Introduction

SAVE ENERGY and RECYCLE


Fluorescent lamps, especially compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, some components can be recycled.
The lamps contain metal, glass and tiny amount of mercury. The mercury is well within international safety limits, but since mercury is a toxic substance, care should be taken during the collection and disposal of the used lamps.

To this end, the Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Programme (FLRP) for households has been established by the lighting industry, with support from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), to collect and treat mercury-containing lamps in line with international practices.

It's easy for everyone to participate in the FLRP. When fluorescent lamps are spent, wrap them up to prevent breakage and bring them to the collection points at the participating housing estates, public collection points, or mobile collection vehicle. Recycle used fluorescent lamps, and help protect the environment! Find a collection point near you.

 
About the Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Programme


The Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Programme provides households with free collection and treatment for all used mercury-containing lamps, including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps. The objective is to reduce the environmental risk from improper disposal of these lamps and to recover resources.

The programme is a voluntary Producer Responsibility Scheme that is funded by 10 members of the lighting trade and supported by the Environmental Protection Department, four green groups (Environmental Association, Friends of the Earth (HK), Green Power, and World Green Organisation) and Business Environment Council. It is also supported by the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association, and five companies (Sunshine Lighting Ltd, Japan Home Centre (HK) Ltd, Pricerite Stores Ltd, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, and E Lighting Group Holdings Ltd), which help to set up public collection points at shopping malls and retail outlets respectively. The initial goal is to collect 400,000 spent lamps from households each year.

Commercial and industrial premises do not come under the programme because many organizations have already recycled their lamps in accordance with the Waste Disposal Ordinance. As required under the law, any premises that store a significant quantity (eg. over 500 pieces) of used mercury containing lamps have to register with the EPD as a chemical waste producer, and arrange for proper collection and treatment of the used lamps at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre. Please contact the contractor of the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre at 2434 6450 to arrange for bulk collection and treatment of the used lamps.