In a move to embrace energy efficiency and reduce mercury-containing lamps, the UK set out to phase out fluorescent lamps and tubes as of 1st February 2024, as outlined in the updated RoHS Directives. This marks a significant step towards a greener and more sustainable future.

While some might question the use of fluorescent lamps in the era of advanced LED technology, these traditional lighting fixtures still find widespread use in offices, schools, and various residential and commercial spaces. However, with the ban on halogen lamps in September 2021, the focus has now shifted to phasing out less energy-efficient options, with fluorescent lamps next in line.

Once lauded for their energy-saving capabilities, both halogen and fluorescent lamps have now fallen out of favour due to their lower energy efficiency compared to modern LED alternatives. This transition reflects a global trend of moving towards lighting solutions that not only conserve energy but also have a minimal environmental impact.

As we bid farewell to fluorescent lamps, it’s evident that the lighting landscape is undergoing a transformative shift. LED technology has emerged as the frontrunner, boasting benefits such as superior energy efficiency, an extended lifespan, and a reduced ecological footprint. The move towards these advanced lighting alternatives aligns with broader initiatives to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

In a bid to curb the use of hazardous substances, particularly mercury, the RoHS Directive plays a crucial role in regulating electrical and electronic equipment. Fluorescent lamps, known to contain mercury, have been targeted for phase-out to address environmental and health concerns.

RoHS, short for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, has taken a significant step by revising its directive in the spring of 2022. The focus is on eliminating the use of mercury, a hazardous substance present in discharge lamps. Although some exemptions were granted until 2023, the time has come to bid adieu to fluorescent lamps, including compact fluorescent, T5, and T8 variants, as well as halogen pin lamps.

These lamps, classified as non-sustainable light sources, are now on the chopping block as part of a broader initiative to encourage the adoption of long-term, energy-efficient alternatives. The aim is to empower households and offices to reduce energy costs and enhance overall energy efficiency.

As of February 1, 2024, T5 and T8 fluorescent tubes will no longer be produced, ushering in a new era where businesses must transition to selling energy-saving alternatives. Disposing of fluorescent lamps responsibly is crucial, as they are deemed hazardous waste. Business owners are encouraged to either sell eco-friendly options or ensure the proper recycling of fluorescent lamps to contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

So, let’s all consider making the switch to LED technology today for a brighter, more energy-efficient tomorrow.

How can Bucks Recycling help?

Luckily, this legislation change does not affect the current methods of the disposal of mercury containing lamps and so we are able to continue to offer collections of fluorescent tube lighting and lamps by supplying a special container for the tubes, which is then collected by our Man with a Van.

Please feel free to contact one of our waste experts for more information.

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