The Importance of Light Recycling
If there is one collective motivation that, as a society, we all need to collaborate together on; it’s protecting and preserving the environment. For many, this has led them to adopting vegan and vegetarian diets, or perhaps, buying fewer new products and purchasing only second hand. Another action that we can all do is make a more concerted effort to recycle; though we may be experienced at recycling our glass bottles, cardboard and plastic packaging – how often do we recycle other disposable pieces like electronics and textiles?
Here at Interlink Lighting and Electrical, we can recycle your old light bulbs, but we thought it best to dedicate a blog post to the importance of light recycling.
Mercury and Phosphor harms our health
When anything is thrown in our rubbish bins it ends up in landfill. Though this is a growing problem in itself, when compact fluorescent lightbulbs are sent to landfill, this problem gets worse as they contain mercury and phosphor, two highly toxic elements. Once the CFL’s are in the landfill, mercury and phosphor seeps into the groundwater and creates contaminated leachate that ends up in our drinking water supply. However, when you recycle these lightbulbs, the mercury and phosphorus content can be properly and safely handled.
Landfills are awful for the planet
As mentioned above, the world is in a landfill crisis. From the depleting worldwide space for landfills, to the fact that they leak harmful chemicals into our delicate ecosystems – it is no secret that solutions to landfills need to be sought out as soon as possible. Any action that you can take to reduce what ends up in these landfills, as well as campaigning for a better environmental solution, will certainly have an inspiring and positive effect on the planet.
Raw lightbulb materials can be reused
For many products, when recycled, the raw materials can be recovered and reused to make new products. This is important because, this not only saves the energy used to create a product from scratch, but it also means that virgin materials are not sourced. And when virgin materials are sourced, they culminate in the loss of natural habitats that are living spaces for species, and they provide oxygen levels.
Here at Interlink Lighting and Electrical, we pride ourselves on being a forward thinking electrical installation company that can provide a comprehensive range of domestic and commercial lighting services. Though we think it is important to provide light, as it helps us to function and live our lives, we also think it is highly important that we dispose light sources responsibly. That is why we offer efficient and reliable lamp disposal as SEPA registered hazardous waste carriers. To find out more, or to organise a collection of your lightbulbs – simply contact us today.