Ten things you must know about: Waste King's fluorescent bulb recycling procedure

Ten things you have to know about: Waste King's fluorescent bulb recycling procedure

Fluorescent bulbs are the most effective and resilient lightbulbs now available. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental duty, fluorescent lights are getting to be more common fixtures internationally. Below are some of the things that are important which you must understand about Fluorescent lightbulbs:



Waste King's nine-step fluorescent bulb recycling process is:

The approximate capacity for one inch fluorescent tubes, of a coffin, is 150 x 6feet or 450 x 2ft tubes.

The container with the spent lamps taken and is accumulated to Waste King's site for sorting, prior to being recycled.

Waste King loads the lamps onto racked trolleys for processing in separationplant and a puppy love.

It enables processing of the various sorts and sizes of lamps, separating them into lead glass /ferrous metal parts, aluminium end caps, soda lime glass and phosphor powder.

The crush and sieve plant works at sub-pressure, thereby preventing mercury from being released into the environment as exhaust air (which can be continuously discharged through the internal carbon filters).

The entire crush and separation plant is incorporated in a container in which the tubes are fed by a conveyor into a hammer mill. The resulting joined fractions are air-carried through a separation tower, where the glass and metal are removed. The metal and glass components are subsequently smashed further and air-carried to another separation tower. Glass caused by the sieving operation (after the first separation tower) is crushed further and air-conveyed through a third separation tower. The glass fragments are fed to a rotary drum-feeder and transferred to your discharge conveyor to transfer the by product from the processing unit.

The air stream that has passed through the separation towers features phosphor powder.

The air stream then passes through four- carbon filters to remove any mercury vapour before passing into the atmosphere via a combined vent.

Aluminium found glass and metals metals are sent to other Skip Hire Harpenden firms to be used as raw materials or for further processing.

Every time a customer has filled a ‘coffin' with spent fluorescent tubes, Waste King's operatives will arrive, accumulate the the entire procedure and the container continues.

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