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Fluorescent tube disposal near me in Dorset? How to dispose fluorescent tubes safely

Fluorescent tubes and fluorescent bulbs are classified by the UK Government as waste that is always hazardous. Essentially, this means that if they are not disposed of in a safe and compliant way, fluorescent lighting tubes can be harmful to the environment, wildlife and to people.

In England, you have a legal ‘duty of care’ to make sure that hazardous waste produced or handled by your business is managed in a manner that will cause no harm or damage.

In this article, we look at what makes fluorescent lighting potentially hazardous and how you can safely dispose of fluorescent tubes and bulbs in Dorset or Somerset.

Safe fluorescent tube disposal near you in Dorset and Somerset

If you’re looking for safe fluorescent tubes disposal in Dorset or Somerset, Commercial Recycling can help. If you’re in Dorset, our specialist facility, Canford Recycling Centre, near Wimborne in Dorset, is fully licensed to accept hazardous waste. Should you or your business be near Shepton Mallet, our Somerset Recycling Centre in Evercreech is a wise choice for fluorescent tube disposal in Somerset. Each of our facilities is easy to use and authorised to accept waste fluorescent lighting. 

Commercial Recycling take all necessary precautions to ensure that the waste tubes we accept for disposal are safely stored prior to transportation to a specialist recycling facility.

Why does fluorescent tube disposal need to be conducted safely?

Certain components within fluorescent tubes pose a danger to people, animals, and the environment, this is because fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of mercury, also commonly known as quicksilver, which is highly toxic.

If fluorescent tubes are disposed of incorrectly, for example, if they are placed in mixed waste, mercury could be released into the atmosphere and contaminate wildlife or water, increasing the risk of mercury poisoning in humans.

Did you know… mercury is most commonly dissipated into the atmosphere when it’s incinerated

How can I safely dispose of fluorescent tubes in Dorset or Somerset?

As with all hazardous waste, fluorescent tubes must be stored, collected and treated in accordance with strict guidelines, to ensure that they don’t cause harm.

Commercial Recycling can help you dispose of all hazardous waste, but please note, our hazardous waste disposal service must be pre-booked before arrival on site. For guidance on what hazardous and difficult wastes are accepted at our recycling centres, please contact our expert team on 01202 331560.

We strongly recommend all customers requiring hazardous waste disposal first contact our head office, by calling 01202 331560, before visiting either site. This is because our Southwood site is not licensed to accept all types of difficult waste.

If you require us to, we can arrange to collect the fluorescent tubes or bulbs from your premises by providing a hazardous waste removal service. When collecting your hazardous waste, in most cases, we will provide a specialist lightweight ‘fluorescent tube coffin’ that can be filled to allow the hazardous waste to be transported safely.

To enquire about hazardous waste collections in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and Somerset please contact the team on: 01202 331560 or

How to safely dispose of a broken fluorescent tube

In the event of any breakage, it’s really important to limit the number of people who are exposed to a broken or damaged fluorescent tube. If you do accidentally break or damage a fluorescent tube in your business premises, doing the following can help to keep everyone safe:

  • Ask anyone in the room to leave.
  • Turn off the air conditioning or central heating system to prevent any toxins from spreading further.
  • Open the window to air the room.
  • Transfer fragments of the broken tube into a disposable container; be careful not to touch the tube directly, use cardboard or paper to move it instead.
  • Collect smaller shards with sticky tape.
  • Avoid using a vacuum cleaner as the mercury powder can be spread the next time you hoover.

If you have a broken fluorescent tube that you need to dispose of, contact the Commercial Recycling team on 01202 331560, we are happy to advise on what you need to do to dispose of broken fluorescent tubes safely.

Fluorescent tube disposal for commercial contractors in Dorset and Somerset

If you are a commercial contractor that requires frequent fluorescent tube disposal in Dorset or Somerset, call our sales team on 01202 331560 to find out about the discounts we offer to tradespeople and contractors.

Hazardous waste advice and additional information

Our hazardous waste experts, onsite at Canford Recycling Centre, are able to provide free advice about safely disposing of fluorescent tubes to businesses, tradespeople and individuals. Click to contact our hazardous waste experts today for further advice, by calling 01202 331560 or email

Motor oil disposal near me in Dorset? How to safely dispose of motor oil

Motor oil is classed as a hazardous substance and therefore must be disposed of safely in accordance with the appropriate legislation. In this article, we illustrate a legal method to dispose of waste oil, which is both affordable and efficient. It also covers who to contact for free advice on motor oil disposal in Dorset.  

Why is motor oil hazardous?

Motor oil is hazardous due to the many contaminants that it picks up when it’s run through an engine such as lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, and benzene. These chemicals can be very harmful to humans, animals, and the environment.

Why should I dispose of motor oil properly?

In order to prevent waste motor oil ending up where it is not permitted or wanted it must be transported to a facility where it can be accepted and disposed of correctly. Depending on the local disposal site used, the waste oil will either be bulk stored and then transported to a specialist recycling centre for further treatment or it will be cleaned, refined and recycled onsite.

Did you know? If you are in possession of waste oil or materials contaminated with oils, it is your duty to take every step to ensure that the waste items are stored securely and transported safely and legally to a licensed disposal facility, such as Canford Recycling Centre.

How should I dispose of motor oil correctly?

Firstly, decant your unwanted motor oil into a suitable container, then get in touch with your local recycling centre to book in your disposal and/or collection service.

If you are in Dorset or Somerset, you can dispose of your waste oil through Commercial Recycling. For further information and contact details, please see our local recycling sites.

It’s important to remember what to do in the case of any spillages:

  1. Always wear gloves when dealing with motor oil
  2. Don’t use detergents or water when cleaning up motor oil spills because they can react with the hazardous substances
  3. Use an old rag to clean up the spillage, then dispose of the contaminated rag at the recycling centre along with your motor oil

Did you know that just one litre of motor oil can contaminate a massive one million litres of water? Be sure to recycle properly to avoid harmful pollution.*

Motor oil disposal with Commercial Recycling

Due to the hazardous nature of motor oil, we do require you to pre-book a disposal slot, ideally 24-hours prior to visiting one of our local recycling centres. If you’re unable to transport your waste motor oil to our recycling centre, we can pick it up for you.

For collection and disposal prices, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at


Adam Neil joins our team

Adam Neil Business Development Manager Commercial Recycling

Experienced Business Development Manager joins local waste disposal organisation, Commercial Recycling

Adam Neil is the latest, highly skilled professional to join the management team of leading Dorset based recycling organisation, Commercial Recycling (CRL). 

The role of Business Development Manager will see Adam performing various important tasks at the specialist recycling facilities operated by CRL in Dorset and Somerset. Key areas of business operations Adam will oversee, and report to the Board of Directors about, include;

  • Recycling, recovery and disposal options
  • Tenders and bid management
  • New business opportunities for contracted waste disposal

To succeed in his new role, Adam will be drawing upon the many years he has spent working in leadership roles at significant businesses that include; Savills and New Earth Solutions. In addition to benefitting from Adam’s hands-on experience, CRL will also hope to gain an advantage in the tender application process with Adam having significant experience in Local Authority tendering and contract management.

“CRL is a forward-thinking and respected waste management service provider that is well-placed to continue to evolve to meet the needs of its current and future customers. I look forward to working with the CRL team to deliver the vision of a truly circular waste economy centred upon the principles of recovery and reuse.” – Adam Neil, Business Development Manager

“We are excited to have someone on board that understands the vision we have for the business in the next 5 years. Adam’s experience gives me a lot of confidence in how Commercial Recycling will grow in the future.” –  Ian Mariner, Director

With a solid foundation in place, a clear understanding of its target audiences and future investments already planned, Commercial Recycling is fast becoming a leader in the South West waste disposal sector. To learn more, please contact the team on 01202 331560.

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