Modern light bulbs such as LED bulbs, energy-saving bulbs and fluorescent tubes need to be recycled rather than thrown away with the household rubbish.

What?

These items belong in the recycling

LED bulbs, energy-saving bulbs and fluorescent tubes (e.g. neon lamps).

These items do not belong in the recycling

Incandescent light bulbs, halogen bulbs and fuses.

Important

Seize the opportunity! Modern light bulbs burn 10 to 100 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs and are therefore far more sustainable than their predecessors.

It’s no problem once LED bulbs and co. reach the end of their useful life, as we will take them back for free and ensure that they are disposed of correctly.

Find out more about the Swiss Lighting Recycling Foundation.

Where?

Places where you can dispose of light bulbs

You’ve been able to dispose of LED bulbs, energy-saving bulbs and fluorescent tubes at the collection point or Customer Service in all our stores since 2013.

Find a branch near you

How?

How light bulbs are recycled

Light bulbs are easy to recycle once they have been broken down into their component parts. The LED and energy-saving bulbs and the fluorescent tubes are largely made of glass, which is either cleaned and used to produce new bulbs or repurposed as insulating material (glass wool) for the construction sector. The metal is also recycled, while the remaining non-recyclable plastics belong in the rubbish.

(Source: https://www.duh.de/energiesparlampe/energiesparlampen/)

Did you know?

If an energy-saving bulb shatters, you can wipe up the glass fragments and the dust with a moist kitchen towel or lift them off carpets with adhesive tape. It’s best to put the remains in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the rubbish. Ensure good ventilation before, during and after cleaning.

(Source: https://www.swissrecycling.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/pdfs/Wertstoffe/Leuchtmittel/energiesparlampe_flyer_d.pdf)
 

Together for more recycling

Recycling protects the climate and conserves the Earth’s natural resources. That’s why we want to do our bit together with you.

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