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

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

Fluorescent lightbulbs are the most efficient and resilient bulbs today available. With the move toward more energy efficiency and environmental duty, fluorescent lights are getting to be more common fixtures worldwide. Below are some of the things that are important which you have to know about Fluorescent lightbulbs:

Waste King's nine-step fluorescent bulb recycling procedure 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, of a coffin, is 150 x 6ft or 450 x 2ft tubes.

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

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

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



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

The entire crush and separation plant is comprised in a container in which the tubes are fed by a conveyor to a hammer mill. The resultant Skip Hire Bicester fractions that are combined are air-conducted through a separation tower, where metal and the glass are removed. The metal and glass parts are subsequently crushed further and air-conveyed to another 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 has passed through the separation towers features phosphor powder.

Aluminium, recovered glass and metals are sent to other companies 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, accumulate the the entire procedure and the container continues.

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