How do i dispose of CFLi Compact Fluorescent Bulbs


Should I be concerned about using CFLis in my home or should I take any special precautions?

CFLi's are safe to use in your home. No mercury is released when
the lamps are in use and they pose no danger to you or your family when used properly. However, CFLis are made of glass tubing and can break if dropped or roughly handled. Care should be taken when removing the lamp from its packaging, installing it, or replacing it. Always screw and unscrew the lamp by its base, and never forcefully twist the CFLi into a light socket by its tubes. Used
CFLis should be disposed of properly.

What do I do with a CFLi when it burns out? What is the proper disposal procedure?

In Europe, all CFLi lamps have to be disposed as special waste under EWC Code 20 01 21-Fluorescent tubes and other mercury-containing waste.

Furthermore, as part of its obligations under the EU's WEEE Directive5, the European lighting industry has set up a European-wide recycling infrastructure for all gas discharge lamps (including CFLi's), capable of recycling mercury, as well as other metals, glass, etc. All CFLi lamps are provided with the crossed-out wheeled dustbin logo, indicating that consumers should deposit the product separately, making use of the existing, local waste depots.

For more information about the WEEE directive and to contact your national ELC member partner see

What should I do if I break a CFLi lamp?

If you break a CFLi, do not panic and take the following steps:
• Ventilate the room for 20-30 minutes.
• Do not use a vacuum cleaner.
• Use gloves to remove all the bits.
• All the items used in cleaning up the spill should be treated as “universal waste” or disposed at your local lamp recycling point.
• Remove all broken lamp components from the luminaire before reusing the luminaire.
• ALWAYS switch off the mains before removing the remaining lamp

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