The crushing of waste gas discharge lamps - paragraph 51 exemption

A paragraph 51 exemption allows the crushing of waste gas discharge lamps (including florescent tubes EWC 20 01 21*) for the purposes of volume reduction prior to collection, where the material is intended for recovery or reuse. It also allows the secure storage of the lamps prior to crushing, or after crushing prior to collection.

Waste stream(s) permitted

Waste gas discharge lamps


The total quantity of lamps processed in any period of 24 hours must not exceed 3 tonnes.

Storage and location

Lamps must be stored under weatherproof covering prior to crushing or after crushing but prior to collection. After crushing, the lamps must be stored in a secure container.

Additional conditions

The activity must be carried out for the purpose of recovery or reuse, but not for disposal.

The mercury concentration in emissions must not exceed 50 micrograms per cubic metre.

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 51 exemption can be found in Schedule 2 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003. 

Relevant Objectives in relation to the disposal or recovery of waste are given in paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to the Regulations.

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