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

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

Fluorescent lightbulbs are the most efficient and resilient lightbulbs 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 things that you have to know about Fluorescent lightbulbs:

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

Waste King delivers a specially designed container – known 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 6feet or 450 x 2ft tubes.

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

For processing in a crush and separationplant waste King loads the lamps.

The plant is fully automatic. It allows processing of the various kinds and sizes of lamps, separating them into aluminium end caps, soda lime glass, lead glass /ferrous metal parts and phosphor powder.



The crush and sieve plant operates at sub-pressure, thus preventing mercury from being released into the environment as exhaust air (which will be constantly discharged through the internal carbon filters).

The entire puppy love and separation plant is incorporated in a Skip Hire Bedford container by which the tubes are fed by a conveyor to a hammer mill. The ensuing joined fractions are air-conveyed through a separation tower, where metal and the glass are removed. The glass and metal components are subsequently smashed farther and air-carried to another separation tower. Glass resulting from the sieving operation (after the first separation tower) is crushed farther and air-conducted through a third separation tower. The glass fragments, removed by the third separation tower, are fed to a rotary drum-feeder and transferred to a discharge conveyor to transfer the byproduct out of the processing unit.

The air stream that's passed through the separation towers contains 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 is removed and deposited in distiller barrels.

Found glass, aluminium and metals are sent to other businesses to be used as raw materials or for additional processing.

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

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