What to do with old bulbs after replacement?
After their streets are equipped with a new, modern technique, municipalities and cities have to take care of old lamps, what is recycled, and what and where is deposited. Besides, who controls all this? At the Ministry of Environmental Protection, for eKapija they clarify that local self-government units are obliged, as well as every waste producer, to submit data on quantity and type of waste for previous year by March 31 latest. This also applies to waste bulbs being waste resulting from replacement of public lighting, they add.
- Municipalities and cities are obliged to deliver waste to a company - authorized operator
, in line with already signed Contract on cooperation, i.e. takeover and care of waste. During waste deliver, adequate Document on waste flow is delivered. The document monitors each waste move in line with the law.
Waste bulbs are not disposed of at landfills, but their treatment, or recycling, is done by appropriate technological procedures and equipment, Ministry added.
GGE explain for eKapija that, in the case of Petrovac, Elios "will recycle the source of light from mercury lights, because it is hazardous waste".
Sodium lamps remain ownership of municipality, GGE adds, and local self-government explains they will be used in villages.
All units of local self-government are obliged to deal with waste - including waste bulbs - as well as all other legal entities in Serbia, and are controlled by environmental inspections - republic, provincial and local.