Reading is apparently going to become one of the first places in the country to get involved with low energy light bulb recycling.
Although the energy efficient light bulbs are definitely a good thing, they contain mercury and so should not be thrown away into your black bin, but should be disposed of as hazardous waste -- at the tip.
Most people either are not aware of this, or are put off by the inconvenience of taking their spent lightbulbs all the way to the tip. This means that most are landfilled. I have raised this issue in the past and so I am pleased to see action from the council on this.
I have put the Council in touch with the True Food Co-op who have led the way in waste reduction, reuse and recycling in the past in the hope that they will have a low energy light bulb recycling container at their markets.