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

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

Fluorescent bulbs are the most effective and resilient lightbulbs accessible now. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, fluorescent lights are getting to be more common fixtures globally. Below are some of the important matters that you need to understand about Fluorescent lightbulbs:

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

Waste King delivers a specially constructed 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 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.


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

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

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 types 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, thus preventing mercury from being released into the surroundings as exhaust air (which can be always eliminated through the internal carbon filters).

Separation plant and the entire puppy love is comprised in a container in which 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 Skip Hire Beaconsfield removed. The metal and glass parts are subsequently crushed farther and air-carried to another separation tower. The glass fragments are fed into a rotary drum-feeder and transferred to your discharge conveyor to transfer the byproduct out of 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 accumulated in a distiller barrel, and then passes through two dust filters, where the remaining dust deposited in distiller barrels and is removed. The air stream then passes through four- carbon filters to remove any mercury vapour before passing into the atmosphere via a vent that is combined.

Aluminium found glass and metals metals are sent to other companies for use as raw materials or for additional processing.

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

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