Energy saving light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes contain small amounts of mercury.
As mercury is a hazardous substance these types of lightbulbs should be disposed of sensibly and in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations.
Most local councils will only collect or accept waste from their residents. They will not offer a waste collection or disposal service for business waste. Most businesses will have to use a private waste management company to collect their waste, or deposit their waste at a commercial waste management site.
Details of private waste management companies can be found on our on-line Waste Recycling Directory.
If the domestic property owner hires a private company / individual (not local council) to remove their waste they must ensure that all duty of care requirements are met.
Old electrical items are covered by the WEEE regulations. The WEEE regulations state that in some commercial waste disposal situations the provider of new electrical equipment is responsible for the WEEE's disposal.