Newey & Eyre (CI) Ltd. accepting low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes for recycling

February 5th, 2010 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

A low energy light bulb (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

GUERNSEY has started low-energy electric light bulb and fluorescent tube recycling through a tie-up between a local company and the States.   With the backing and encouragement of the Treasury and Resources and Public Services Departments, local electrical goods supplier Newey & Eyre (CI) Ltd is launching the recycling initiative.

Low-energy bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain trace elements of hazardous chemicals such as fluorescents with mercury and sodium. Ideally these bulbs should not be broken and put into landfill, although old-style bulbs can be placed in general household waste.

Newey & Eyre (CI) now holds a stock of specially-designed collection boxes which it will hire to the trade, and the full boxes will be exported to the UK for recycling through the Newey & Eyre network by Alderney Shipping.

A first shipment of tubes stockpiled by the States has already gone to the UK. Now the initiative is being rolled out locally.  The recycling initiative is primarily aimed at electricians, who will deal with major refits and replace dozens of bulbs and tubes in one go.  However facilities are also being made available for householders to dispose of their lamps at Mont Cuet and the Longue Hougue recycling facility.

States Recycling Officer Tina Norman-Ross said ‘the launch of this recycling initiative is extremely important for Guernsey. The numbers of lamps being placed in the landfill site at Mont Cuet has been restricted for environmental reasons, and will need to be removed from the waste that will enter the ‘energy from waste plant’ due to be built at Longue Hougue.

‘The lamps have to be transported whole. On reaching the recycling plant the components of the bulbs are separated, the mercury removed, and the materials recycled in a safe and proper environment. For example, the glass can be used for glass wool insulation and the mercury for scientific instruments.’

Trevor Kirk, business manager at the local branch of Newey & Eyre (CI) Ltd, was instrumental in developing the recycling scheme after he picked up a suggestion raised by the States. ‘Newey & Eyre (CI) are happy to have worked with the States of Guernsey in order to provide this facility, which will benefit the island’s businesses and residents,’ he said.  ‘The initiative is important to the community and is a worthwhile venture to secure and protect our future.’

Mr Kirk has also arranged for the retailers he supplies – Bougourd and Harry, Maryland Service Station, Valpy’s, Melodonia, Audiovision Sarnia Radio and Torteval General Stores – to take in spent lamps and tubes when they sell new ones.

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