South Bucks District Council advise that any low energy bulbs be taken to a local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. At these sites the hazardous mercury is removed for reuse or treatment. The metal and plastic is then recycled.
For details on the Household Waste and Recycling Centres here in Bucks and to find your nearest one please follow this link:
Official advice from the Department of the Environment states that if a low-energy bulb is smashed, the room needs to be vacated for at least 15 minutes. A vacuum cleaner should not be used to clear up the debris, and care should be taken not to inhale the dust. Instead, rubber gloves should be used, and the broken bulb put into a sealed plastic bag, which should be taken to the local Household Waste and Recycling site.
Should you have any other queries on this matter or other recycling issues please feel free to contact :Lorien Cummins, Recycling Officer, Property & Contract Services, South Bucks District Council. Telephone : 01895 837260