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Recycling Flourescent lights (CFL and tubes)

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12:43 am
July 21, 2010



posts 21

Hi There,

I've heard that Flourescents and Energy efficient globes (CFLs) can't be recycled through the normal recycling bins

I have a pile of old globes and tubes – where can I take them for recycling?

Thanks in Advance

9:05 pm
July 21, 2010



posts 456

You can recycle fluorescent lights at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre in Canberra.

There is more information about this in the climateXchange Canberra Green Directory here.

The Canberra Green Directory also has extensive information about where you can recycle other things too.

Or else you can go directly to the ACT Government Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) website here for their summary of recycling options.

7:13 pm
July 25, 2010

Kaylee Borrett


Mugga Lane is a great place to recycle all kinds of things, But for the  people who live on the north side of Canberra, There is a great Recycling and second hand depot, at the 'tip' on Flemington Road in Mitchell. 

Simply go there, and sort your recycling into the labelled containers. 

There is also a great 2nd hand store, full of all kinds of things from furniture, electronics, kitchenware, hardware and tools, toys, garden materials, leftover building materials such as tiles and bricks, and so many other great things, all that have been donated, and all at really really cheap prices. 

12:03 pm
January 21, 2013



posts 456

I find it really frustrating that there appear to be no drop off points elsewhere in Canberra other than Mugga Lane and Mitchell for recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs.

I have just one compact fluoro to recycle, and it's ridiculous to have to drive all that way, and use a lot of petrol, for such a small recycling task. I've been hanging onto it for over six months waiting for accumulation of other recyclables that would justify a trip out there.

Do you really think the average household is going to do this?  Given that these light bulbs contain toxic mercury, you'd think the Government should do everything possible to avoid them going into landfill.

Unless more drop off points become available, it looks like I'll be hanging onto it a few more months…

2:02 pm
January 25, 2013



posts 263

Marea, I'd recommend setting aside some time and take the drive. It's worth it because you will also be able to check out Tiny's that Kaylee mentioned, it is absolutely fantastic. There is one at Mitchell and one at Mugga Mugga too. You can find cool things to compliment your house, pots for the garden, all sorts of stuff. I got my daughter a beautiful fish tank from there for xmas. It was in absolutely fantastic condition and only cost me $25! There is books, sporting goods, pictures, kitchenware, indoor and outdoor furniture. All delightful, guilt-free shopping. Worth a look to see how well we Canberrans are recycling things, even if you don't purchase anything. 

I also really like how they separate the cardboard, wood, metals and everything at the tip. We really are recycling and reusing and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill! Smile

9:58 am
February 4, 2013



I too find it strange that while the ACT Government is promoting urban consolidation and saying that it is planning for fewer people close to Civic to need a car, it provides no comprehensive recycling depot or hard rubbish pickup in the high population-density areas. 

4:40 pm
February 6, 2013



posts 263

Yeah, it is strange. I lived in Sydney years ago and they had a good system of bulk rubbish collection happening. I wonder who in TAMS we could talk to about this. 

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