Ten things you should know about: Waste King's fluorescent bulb recycling process
Fluorescent lightbulbs are the best and long lasting bulbs now available. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental duty, fluorescent lights are becoming more common fixtures worldwide. Below are some of the important matters that you need to understand about Fluorescent bulbs:
Waste King's nine-step fluorescent bulb recycling process is:
Waste King delivers a specially designed container – known colloquially, as a ‘coffin' - to the customer's premises for the safe collection and storage of spent lamps. The approximate capacity for one skip hire oxford inch fluorescent tubes, of a coffin, is 150 x 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.
The container with the lamps that were spent is gathered and taken to Waste King's website for sorting, prior to being recycled.
Waste King loads the lamps onto trolleys that are racked for processing in separationplant and a crush.
The plant is fully automatic. It enables processing of sizes and the various kinds of lamps, dividing them into soda lime glass, aluminium end caps, lead glass /ferrous metal components and phosphor powder.
The crush and sieve plant works at sub-pressure, thereby preventing mercury from being released into the surroundings as exhaust air (which will be constantly discharged through the internal carbon filters).
Separation plant and the whole puppy love is incorporated in a container in which the tubes are fed by a conveyor into a hammer mill. The resultant fractions that are joined are air-conducted through a separation tower, where the glass and metal are removed. The glass and metal components are subsequently crushed further and air-carried to another separation tower. Glass caused by the sieving operation (after the first separation tower) is smashed farther and air-conducted through a third separation tower. The glass fragments, removed by the third separation tower, are fed into a rotary drum-feeder and transferred to a discharge conveyor to transfer the by product from the processing unit.
The air stream that has passed through the separation towers includes phosphor powder.
This air stream passes through a cyclone, where the powder is gathered in a distiller barrel, and after that passes through two dust filters, where the remaining dust deposited in distiller barrels and is removed.
Aluminium found glass and metals metals are sent to other businesses for use as raw materials or for further processing.
Every time a customer has filled a ‘coffin' with fluorescent tubes that are spent, Waste King's operatives will arrive, collect the container and whole procedure continues.