Electronic waste contains both valuable resources, such as gold, silver and copper, and environmentally harmful substances, such as mercury, lead and brominated flame retardants. You must, therefore, take your electronic waste to the municipal waste collection facility instead of throwing it in the bin.
The municipality will ensure that the waste is sent for environmental treatment. Here the harmful substances are removed and the valuable substances are sent to be recycled. If, on the other hand, you throw your electronic waste in the bin, the valuable resources are lost, and there is a risk that the harmful substances will be released into the environment.
Light bulbs are electronic products. All types of light bulbs including energy saving light bulbs and LED light bulbs contain materials that can be reused. Light bulbs must be taken to the municipal waste collection. Some municipalities classify energy saving light bulbs as hazardous waste.
If you wish to know more about electronic waste, further information is available from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen).