Milan collects used lightbulbs

Collection bins in schools, libraries

Starting on Tuesday 30 September, Milan’s environmental agency AMSA has announced 120 collection points for used lightbulbs and neon tubes will be opened, starting in Zones 3 and 4.

Although city hall is describing the collection as “door to door”, it is in fact taking place through dedicated containers in all grades of school, from infant school to university, libraries, recreation centres, local council offices, sport premises, senior citizens’ centres, parish churches and other locations. This is certainly closer to homes than the previous collection, permitted exclusively in the AMSA recycing points, where 13 tons of used bulbs and tubes were collected in 2013.

Announcing the initiative, city councillor Pierfrancesco Maran said the city has already won a top rank for differentiated waste disposal among Italian cities, and this new category will help Milan reach even higher goals.

Schools were chosen as location for the collection bins with the aim of ensuring kids are already aware as they grow up of the importance of virtuous recycling of objects of common use which they might otherwise not have seen as valuable resources.

The collection and recycling will be carried out by the Ecolamp consortium, part of the RAEE Coordination Centre which organises the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, including white goods like washing machines and fridges.

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