Ten things you need to know about: Waste King's fluorescent bulb recycling process
Fluorescent lightbulbs are the best and resilient lightbulbs now accessible. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental duty, fluorescent lights are getting to be more common fixtures globally. Below are some of the significant matters which you have to understand about Fluorescent lightbulbs:
Waste King's nine-step fluorescent bulb recycling process 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 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.
Prior to being recycled 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 King loads the lamps onto racked trolleys for processing in a crush and separationplant.
The plant is fully skip hire automatic. It allows processing of sizes and the various sorts of lamps, separating them into soda lime glass, aluminium end caps, lead glass /ferrous metal parts and phosphor powder.
The crush and sieve plant functions at sub-pressure, thereby preventing mercury from being released into the surroundings as exhaust air (which is continuously discharged through the internal carbon filters).
The entire puppy love and separation plant is comprised in a container in which a conveyor feeds the tubes into a hammer mill. The ensuing fractions that are combined are air-conveyed through a separation tower, where metal and the glass are removed. The metal and glass components are then smashed farther and air-conveyed to another separation tower. Glass resulting from the sieving operation (after the first separation tower) is smashed farther and air-conveyed through a third 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.
The air stream that's passed through the separation towers contains phosphor powder.
The air stream then passes through four- before passing into the atmosphere via a port that is combined carbon filters to remove any mercury vapour.
Aluminium, found glass and metals are sent to other companies to be used as raw materials or for further processing.
Every time a customer has filled a 'coffin' with spent fluorescent tubes, Waste King's operatives will arrive, accumulate the container and whole process continues.