Ten things you should know about: Waste King's fluorescent bulb recycling process

Fluorescent bulbs are the most efficient and resilient lightbulbs now accessible. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental duty, fluorescent lights are becoming more common fixtures globally. Below are some of the important matters which you have to know about Fluorescent bulbs:

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

Waste King delivers a specially constructed 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 inch fluorescent tubes, of a coffin, is 150 x 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.

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

Waste King loads the lamps onto trolleys that are racked for processing in skip hire services separationplant and a crush.

It enables processing of the various sorts and sizes of lamps, splitting 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, thus preventing mercury from being released into the environment as exhaust air (which is always discharged through the internal carbon filters).

The whole puppy love and separation plant is comprised in a container where the tubes are fed by a conveyor into a hammer mill. The resulting joined fractions are air-conveyed through a separation tower, where metal and the glass are removed. The glass and metal parts are then crushed farther and air-conveyed to another 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.

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

This air stream passes through a cyclone, where the powder is accumulated in a distiller barrel, and after that passes through two dust filters, where the remaining dust deposited in distiller barrels and is removed.

Recovered glass, aluminium and metals are sent to other firms 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, accumulate the the whole procedure and the container continues.