Recycling of Solar Lights

Published on 13 September 2023

Solar lights in the garden

Solar lights are an environmentally friendly alternative to illuminate your garden at night. But what do you do with them once you don’t want them anymore or they stop working?

If still working well, sell online or donate your solar lights to a friend.

If they are no longer working, solar lights can be recycled through e-waste recycling. E-waste cannot be recycled through household bins and should be taken to a Community Recycling Centre. For details on other community recycling centres please visit the EPA website.

When not disposed of properly, e-waste can pose significant risks to human health and the environment. E-waste – particularly batteries - can contain harmful substances such as lead, mercury, and other toxic components. Batteries can also cause fires or explosions when they are compacted in waste trucks.

Batteries are generally safe to use and handle they are not damaged and aren’t leaking.

For more information on how to correctly dispose of and recycle a range of items refer to Council’s A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling.