THE next time you buy a fluorescent lamp, it could have been made from glass recycled by a company in St Ives. WISER Recycling has become the first company in the UK to recycle waste lighting back to lamp glass for Dutch manufacturer Philips Lighting. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations, which eventually came into effect in the UK last year, mean that businesses and householders must now by law separate their used lighting and send it for recycling. Businesses have to arrange for collection, and householders to take to a civic amenity site, such as those operated by Cambridgeshire County Council at Bluntisham, Alconbury and St Neots, where storage is available. But WISER, whose headquarters are across the river from the Dolphin Hotel, short-circuits the process for companies. It takes its TubeEater kit to companies' premises, where the device - which operates a bit like a garden shedder - collects the mercury, phosphor, aluminium, steel, titanium and argon gas, as well as grinding the glass. The metals, gas and phosphor are separated at the company's recycling plant at Thetford before the glass is shipped to the Netherlands for re-use. The metals are also recycled, and WISER is looking for new uses for the inert phosphor rather than send it to landfill. Although glass accounts for 98 per cent of the fluorescent tube, the million lamps the company recycles each year generate significant quantities of metal, particularly mercury, a liquid at normal temperatures, which would be poisonous if put into landfill.