Lamps falling in to the scope of WEEE are all lamps discarded from households - except filament bulbs, halogen and vehicle lamps.

Of illuminators, all fluorescent, gas discharge and LED lamps are to be taken to separate WEEE reception points whereas filament bulbs, halogen and vehicle lamps can be discarded as regular household waste. 

The lamps collected from WEEE reception points are delivered to the Fortum Waste Solutions' processing unit. Fluorescent lamps are crushed in a chemical solution which is to absorb the mercury of the lamps. The metallic mercury is transubstantiated into mercury sulfide, the form of mercury that is most commonly found in nature.  

Over 90 % of the materials are sorted for reuse. Metals and glass of the lamps are washed before the sorting process and then distributed to metal and glass wool manufacturing.

Recycled compact fluorescent lamps are utilized as heating energy for households in the towns of Riihimäki and Hyvinkää in Southern Finland.

Picture by: Fortum Waste Solutions.




  • 1. Elker is a reliable service provider with over 15 years of experience in the field.
  • 2. Elker is always up-to-date on the latest obligations set out in the EU's WEEE directive and the corresponding obligations of the Finnish legislation.
  • 3. Elker organises the recycling processes of electrical and electronic equipment efficiently.
  • 4. Elker's WEEE recycling processes are sustainable and safe.
  • 5. The WEEE collected is mainly recycled in Finland, according to strict safety regulations and processes.
  • 6. Elker is part of a European-wide joint venture network that enables the producers to settle the WEEE and battery & accumulator requirements and take care of the responsibilities also in Norway and Switzerland, in addition to most of the EU countries.