Ten things you have to know about: Waste King’s fluorescent bulb recycling procedure
Fluorescent bulbs are the most efficient and long lasting bulbs today accessible. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, fluorescent lights have become more common fixtures worldwide. Below are some of the significant things which you need to know about Fluorescent lightbulbs:
Waste King’s nine-step fluorescent bulb recycling process 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, is 150 x 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.
The container with the spent lamps taken and is gathered to Waste King’s site for sorting, prior to being recycled.
The lamps are loaded by waste King for processing in separationplant and a puppy love.
The plant is fully automatic. It allows processing of the various kinds and sizes of lamps, dividing them into phosphor powder, aluminium end caps, lead glass /ferrous metal components and soda lime glass.
The crush and sieve plant works at sub-pressure, thereby preventing mercury from being released into the environment as exhaust air (which will be constantly discharged through the internal carbon filters).
Separation plant and the whole puppy love is featured in a container where a conveyor feeds the Skip Hire Bedford tubes to a hammer mill. The resulting combined fractions are air-conducted through a separation tower, where metal and the glass are removed. The glass and metal parts are subsequently crushed farther and air-conveyed to a second separation tower. The glass fragments are fed into a rotary drum-feeder and transferred to a discharge conveyor to transfer the by-product 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 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 firms to be used as raw materials or for additional processing.
Every time a customer has filled a ‘coffin’ with spent fluorescent tubes, Waste King’s operatives will arrive, gather the the entire procedure and the container continues.