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

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

Fluorescent lightbulbs are the most efficient and resilient bulbs available today. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental duty, fluorescent lights are becoming more common fixtures globally. Below are some of the significant things that you need to understand 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 of a coffin, for one inch fluorescent tubes, is 150 x 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.

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

The container is put into the site storage area to await processing.

Waste Skip Hire Milton Keynes King loads the lamps onto racked trolleys for processing in a crush and separationplant.

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

The crush and sieve plant operates at sub-pressure, thereby preventing mercury from being released into the surroundings as exhaust air (which will be continuously eliminated through the internal carbon filters).

The whole puppy love and separation plant is featured in a container by which a conveyor feeds the tubes to a hammer mill. The ensuing fractions that are combined are air-carried through a separation tower, where metal and the glass are removed. The metal and glass parts are subsequently smashed farther and air-conveyed to another 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 byproduct out of the processing unit.

The air stream that has passed through the separation towers comprises 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 is removed and deposited in distiller barrels.


Aluminium found glass and metals metals are sent to other firms to be used as raw materials or for additional processing.

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

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