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December 2014

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They’re bright sparks at Barwon

Barwon Health has received Commonwealth Government accreditation for its role in the FluoroCycle scheme.

FluoroCycle is a voluntary product stewardship program to increase the national recycling rate of lamps containing mercury.

The Geelong health service can now display a logo acknowledging its participation in the program.

Barwon Health collaborates with Lamp Recyclers to collect and recycle the fluorescent tubes and globes it uses across its 21 sites – 3,000 tubes and 7,800 globes.

An estimated one tonne has been recycled at University Hospital Geelong with the amount of mercury saved from landfill approaching 120 grams in total.

The mercury from just one tube can contaminate 30,000 litres of water and make it unsafe to drink.

‘This is a great acknowledgement,’ said director of support services Scott Randall.

‘We have been proactive in this area for more than two years and have achieved great results as our contract electricians have assisted in the collection and disposal process.’

About 95 per cent of mercury-containing lamps end up in landfill in Australia. Mercury in landfill converts to toxic methylmercury and contaminates the wider environment through air, water and soil.