Fluorescent Tube Recycling

Simply pack your used tubes or bulbs into our low cost, flat-packed boxes. Then we’ll do the rest.

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Fluorescent Tube disposal

Wondering how to ensure your business is on the right track when it comes to fluorescent tube disposal? Allow our low cost, flat-packed boxes to take away the drama. Using our specialist fluorescent tube recycling service is a bright idea.

Simply pack your used tubes or bulbs into our low cost, flat-packed boxes to take away the drama. Then we’ll do the rest.

Fluorescent Bulb Recycling

Our fluorescent bulb recycling team will collect your boxes and take them to a specialist facility. Here, 95% of the materials from the tubes and bulbs are recycled safely and put to good use. By extracting glass, aluminium and phosphor, each material can be turned into new products such as new light bulbs and even road aggregate.

Contact us today to organise your eco-friendly fluorescent tube disposal!

Why set up a Fluorescent Tube Recycling collection with First Mile?

Easy switch from your current business waste provider

Flexible business waste and recycling collections up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week

Amazing support available 24/7/365 from our specialist commercial waste collection team

Service Extras, like compliance certificates, weighing and data, and posters

Dispose of Fluorescent Tube

Spent fluorescent tubes yield high value when treated well during the disposal process, but kick up quite a fuss in the wrong hands. That’s because they are classified as hazardous waste due to their mercury content. In fact, the mercury from one tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water beyond safe UK drinking levels – so fluorescent tube disposal must be done correctly and efficiently.

On a positive note, 95% of the materials from the fluorescent tubes and bulbs are recyclable. So why not, right?

Recycle Fluorescent Tubes with First Mile

We want to make fluorescent tube recycling easy. That’s why we offer flexible collections, up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week. Plus, there’s 24/7 support available 365 days per year, so you can stay on top of your fluorescent bulb disposal, no matter what.

All you need to do to start to recycle fluorescent tubes is pack up your used items into our handy packaging. You can include fluorescent tubes, bulbs, filament, lighting, sterilisation or sunbed tubes and detecting and tracing tubes. The only thing we say no to is batteries, wires and cables.

That's it: our fluorescent recycling team will do the rest. They’ll pick up your old fluorescent tubes for recycling from inside your business and safely take them to our depot, where they will be organised and stored until the time comes for them to be transported to a dedicated facility. They will then be delivered to a specialist fluorescent recycling centre where your bulbs and tubes can be transformed into something useful - like new light bulbs!

Fluorescent Tube FAQs

Why use First Mile?

As one of the leading waste management companies in LondonBirmingham and the UK, First Mile has already helped over 30,000 businesses to reduce their carbon impact with our range of recycling services - with over 200 new businesses signing up each week.

By choosing First Mile, you’ll benefit from a low cost, reliable service, a 24/7 helpdesk, and free monthly reporting. You can view our accreditations above and our certificates and insurances here.

What is the Customer Portal?

The First Mile Customer Portal makes it easy to order and pay for sacks, access your Waste Transfer Note, view your collection schedule, view and pay invoices and report missed collections online, without having to call customer support.


To access the Customer Portal:

1. Go to the Customer Portal
2. Type in your email address
3. Click 'Email me a link to login'
4. Open your email and click on the link
5. You can then create new login details by clicking 'Forgot password'.

How can I get a quote?

Get your quote here. Enter your postcode, business and contact details and services you’d like – and we’ll come back to you with a quote as soon as possible.

What are cartons made of and are they recyclable?

The average carton is made up of at least three layered materials: 75% paperboard (from wood), 21% polyethylene (a type of plastic) and 4% aluminium (on long-life or aseptic packages only). It's this unique combination that makes carton packaging safe and efficient to store food and drinks, but it also means that recycling cartons require a very special process.

After collection, cartons are taken to a specialist facility where they're soaked into water to separate the paperboard fibres. These are then dried and recycled into new paper products. The recovered plastic and aluminium layers are separated and turned into garden furniture, industrial products and building materials.

The process of recycling cartons isn't the easiest, but it is possible. Still, worldwide, less than 20% of cartons packaging is recycled - we can and must do better. First Mile recycles cartons in the UK, reducing the carbon footprint necessary and ensuring that nothing ends up in a landfill.

How soon can I set up a waste collection waste disposal?

As soon as you're ready! You can set up a service such as a general waste or mixed recycling collection as soon as you need online, or by getting in touch with one of our experts for a tailor-fit quote

Browse all of our business waste and recycling services, or click here to book a one-off waste collection, rubbish removal or waste disposal.

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